This post applies to President Infinity and Congress Infinity.
Up until now, barnstorming has involved two basic decisions.
The first is what to set your theme as.
The second is where to barnstorm.
Then, a barnstormer would barnstorm on the issues set in the theme (so 3 separate barnstorm Power activities, one for each issue set in the theme).
This made the barnstorming decision relatively straightforward, and mimicked what often happens (a candidate will have a stump-speech, for example, and use that in various places).
The problem is that it isn’t realistic in various situations – a candidate might campaign on very different issues in Iowa as opposed to Massachusetts as opposed to Mississippi, say.
One possible way to change this is to keep the background bonuses a theme gives a player (such as with creating ads), but to make barnstorming be on one issue, which a player selects (or can have on automatic) for a given region.
Then, when a leader campaigns in Iowa, say, the leader might barnstorm on the Energy issue, where they have a (say) 8 Power activity. However, if that leader has a theme bonus of +2 on Leadership, then they would also have a 2 Power activity on Leadership which is added to their barnstorming, and so on.
I think this increases the realism, makes it more interesting for a player when barnstorming (by allowing barnstorming to target specific issues in specific regions), while also keeping barnstorming relatively simple (which becomes more important when President Infinity includes a 7 days a turn option in primaries).