The Lincoln style debate hosted by the Texas Patriots PAC between Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich was not a debate. It was a forum where the two candidates were able to talk about their ideas on how to reform the entitlement programs of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicade.
Only minutes into what was billed as a debate, the moderator changed the rules and told the two candidates they could take as much time as they liked to expound on the subject presented. This was pure genius, in my opinion, because we at last could really learn what a candidate really thinks on the issues. the typical debate format does not allow to explain their positions nearly as well. For this reason, I would like to see a lot more of these forums between the various candidates. What do you think?
I wonder what percentage of the electorate actually watched this forum? Living outside the country I ave no Americans to interact with and so I don’t have any feel if there was a buzz among the people over this forum or not. Was it only hard-core conservatives that took the time to watch and listen to the candidates? Did the MSM give much coverage? I scaned the Huffington Post site this morning and found no articles on the subject. At POLITICO, I found one article with this tag line; ” Anyone expecting a Texas fight night Saturday between Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich was sorely disappointed.” Well, I wasn’t disappointed. Were you?
If you liked this forum idea as much as I do, how do we get Republican organizations to sponsor more of them? How can we get more coverage from the MSM? If we can’t get the MSM to pay attention, how can we get more of the electorate to pay attention?
Also, if you would like to see more of these forums between candidates, what issues or question would you want to hear them address? As for me, I would like to hear the candidates respond to the following question: “As president, and assuming you had the complete cooperation of both houses of congress, what would you want to accomplish in your first 100 days in office?” Another question I would like to hear addressed is: “What if anything do you think needs to be done about the Federal Reserve and our monetary policies?” Clearly there are many important issues the candidates need to address; such as, jobs, economic growth, tax reform, regulatory reforms, the size of government and, foreign affairs. I will be very much interested to hear what is foremost on your mind.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?