No, not about crushing the Keystone Pipeline project although that certainly would be an important one to ask! It's the following two debate questions that the mainstream media will likely not present to President Obama!
“As you know, your ex-wife gave an interview to ABC News and another interview with The Washington Post and this story has now gone viral on the Internet. In it she says that you came to her in 1999 at a time when you were having an affair. She says you asked her, sir, to enter into an open marriage. Would you like to take some time to respond to that?” (Source)
I suppose that John King would somehow justify this question regarding an unsubstantiated accusation from a woman with an axe to grind against her ex-husband by saying that it spoke to the integrity, character and moral fiber of the candidate.
If that is the case, and that rather than asking substantive policy questions debates should move in the direction of unsubstantiated and mostly unverifiable character assassinations, then would this be be the opening question from (insert mainstream media moderator name here) to President Obama during a debate with the ultimate Republican nominee:
Hypothetical Presidential Debate Question #1
MSM moderator: Mr. President the American public needs to examine not only the policy decisions that a candidate has made in the past but also the character of that candidate.
Please watch the monitor and then please tell the American people how you would respond, sir, to these allegations by Larry Sinclair that you used crack cocaine in his presence and that you and he had a sexual encounter in the back of a limousine?
How do you respond to this, sir?
Of course this question will not be asked and nor should it be, in the same way John King should not have asked the question that he asked Newt Gingrich.
Because the ultimate and true purpose of these debates are to offer the American people insight into how the candidates would govern the country or in the case of President Obama have been governing the country. They offer a look at the candidates philosophy and more importantly a look at their records.
Theoretically then if the people of the country were making informed and thoughtful decisions at the ballot box, and not decisions that are molded by 15 second sound-bites, these debates would go a long way in helping them to do that.
Some if not most will go the 15 second sound-bite route, but for the others why not try to make the debates serve the purpose that they were designed to serve!
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