Gingrich vs Cain Texas Smack-Down 9

Last night Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain spent 90 minutes debating their versions of entitlement restructuring. The debate was at The Woodlands, Texas, a community just north of Houston, and was billed as a Lincoln-Douglas style of debate.

Lincoln – Douglas style debate? Fagettaboudit! Like lots of things coming out of Texas, this debate was bigger and better. Now, that’s style!

The format was thrown out early, as the contestants agreed to be able to talk as long as they wanted, and reply as long as they wanted. The moderators did keep things moving, but the problem was that both Cain and Gingrich agreed on pretty much everything.

It was obvious that Gingrich had a better command of the issues, but Cain was just as strong with his business experience in relating to the Washington problem.

Some will say that there was no debate because Cain and Gingrich agreed on almost everything, but, it is the format that was important. I am of the opinion that the traditional television network style debate is not adequate. We need to give the candidates unlimited time to articulate their positions and visions.

I don’t want to see another network style debate. I don’t care how much time it takes, but the American people deserve better.

My advice to the media is to take the time to do it right, and respect the candidate’s desire to articulate, fully, their vision for our country. Cut out the ridiculous time limits on answering questions and responding to opponents.

We deserve better media coverage than what we are getting.

9 comments

  1. I love politics, but the debates have become a bore for me. I already know whom I am going to vote for. So, no need for me to watch any longer.However, there are many people who are undecided and they need to tune in.

  2. Leticia: I feel the same way most of the time. I will refuse to watch any of the debates because they always trivialize the issues and reduce them to soundbites. This so-called debate was more like a conversation between two intelligent people who happened to believe in a lot of the same thing. Because of this, there is a lot of information that can be gleaned from the event.Thanks.

  3. The only problem with unlimited time is that some of them tend to waffle on and never really answer the question. But then again, their opponent can poke fun at them for waffling too long.

  4. Wise as a serpent but gentle as a dove…I like that :-)Bob, I truly think the huge and ridiculous number of debates is supposed to wear us down, like Leticia says; Who wants another dumb couple of hours of people fighting and smiling at inappropriate times and giving the leftwing media insult fodder? The leftwing media might have found a way to get us tired of our own people!I saw only the 15 last min of the Cain/Gingrich 'debate' (not that it was a debate) and thought it was brilliant and that's how all future get-togethers should be…I"m with you, Bob.

  5. They are quick to throw Joe Paterno under the bus for not doing enough (which may turn out to be true, and his firing justified); but they will be cheering for a rapist who plays quarterback for the Steelers this Sunday.

  6. Real Men said, " but they will be cheering for a rapist who plays quarterback for the Steelers this Sunday"Isn't this the same type of thing with an institution ignoring the faults of its members? The Pittsburgh Steelers no doubt have a valuable franchise to protect, and they will close ranks to protect that franchise. Having said that, I still don't know if the QB was guilty. But, all the same, it does serve to make the point. Thanks for your comment.

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