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Friday, December 14, 2007

Of Soundbites and Showing of Hands

Are you tired of the Presidential Debates for the Republican Candidates yet? I'm not. There's a very simple reason for this; there haven't BEEN any Presidential debates for the Republicans yet.

That's right, you read it right.

I said there HAVE NOT BEEN any Presidential debates for the Republicans yet. There have been soundbite events. There have been question and answer sessions. But a debate? Not yet.

I offer as proof the little stunt pulled at the Iowa "debate" this past week. How about a show of hands from others who were as turned off by that as I was? Is it any WONDER that they're calling for a second debate in Iowa before the caucuses?

Iowa Republicans consider another debate

DES MOINES -- Dissatisfied with the debate here Wednesday that drew widespread scorn, Iowa Republicans will discuss on Friday the possibility of holding another forum before the January 3rd caucuses.

The debate this week, sponsored by the Des Moines Register and Iowa Public Television, was to have been the final gathering of the GOP contenders, but one well-placed Iowa Republican said tonight that they were interested in getting the candidates back together

"We'd prefer if the Register debate did not leave a bad taste," said this source, who requested anonymity. "Iowa deserves a little better than that."

So does the country.

The American public deserves more than 30 second sounbites and a few news blurbs showing candidates saying something designed for the express purpose of filling just a few seconds of a news clip on the evening news.

That isn't how we choose a leader.

What we need to see is a true, honest, open forum debate in which the candidates have time to fully express their views on real, hard hitting issues, NOT some silly "lets see a show of hands" on something as serious as the fraud being put upon the public called man made global warming.

Thank GOD Fred Thompson refused to answer.

The entire thing was a farce from the beginning, having a registered Democrat as the moderator.

Here's my idea of a real debate: Rush Limbaugh as the moderator, and the candidates NOT under some ridiculous 30 second limit on answering.

It's too important of a situation for the foolishness that we've seen thus far in the name of political debating.

Once and Always, an American Fighting Man