The following is an excerpt from Robert Rosenkranz | June 16, 2016 | Huffingtonpost.com |
Finally, America may have a shot at real presidential debates — debates that require the candidates to discuss substantive issues with depth and nuance, to marshal relevant facts, to respond to challenges, and to demonstrate their ability to transcend memorized sound bites and actually think on their feet. The current format is not real debate: it’s reality television and, we can all agree, it’s absurd.
But things can change if enough voters petition Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to Fix America’s Debates. Both candidates have given fair notice of how they will respond to the current format. For Hillary Clinton, debating Donald Trump would be a “singular moment in American history, because I think I’ll have the chance to make clear why I believe why he is not qualified and temperamentally unfit to be president.”
Similarly, one New York Times headline read: “Little Is Off Limits as Donald Trump Plans Attacks on Hillary Clinton’s Character.” In the article, Trump says, “You really have to get people to look hard at her character, and to get women to ask themselves if Hillary is truly sincere and authentic.”
What is a REAL presidential debate, you ask? It’s a legitimate question, because there hasn’t been one in over 40 years. When we held real debates in the 1960s, 58 percent of the voting-age population tuned in. Today, less than 25 percent will watch. There’s a reason for that.
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