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The Backpacker President

What would you ask at tonight's town-hall debate?

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We’ve got less than a month to go before we collectively decide on a new president. Tonight, John McCain and Barack Obama will engage in a town hall debate, where an audience of 80 undecided voters (really?) gets to ask the candidates unfiltered questions. Our stumbling economy will likely top the list of voter queries, but if you could stumble in fresh off the trail, drop your pack, and plant your muddy boots on the dais, what would you ask?

In BACKPACKER’s November issue, we asked Obama and McCain ten tough questions that matter most to backpackers and wilderness lovers. We covered the environment, drilling in ANWR, guns in national parks, and protecting future open spaces. Both candidates replied with frank and candid answers. Here’s a taste:

The rest of our interview with the candidates appears in our November issue, on newsstands next week—check it out.

And again, assuming you could sneak into that town hall in Tennessee, what would you most want to ask the presidential candidates? Fire away in the comments section below.

— Ted Alvarez