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Neel Kashkari supports driver's licenses for illegal aliens - 09/05/14

... itself was as bad as all the other debates held at a national and local level: the supposed reporters asked weak questions that didn't show how the candidates are wrong. But, at least in this case they did press Kashkari to make a choice. And, he made the choice that's bad for the U.S. and bad for California. See drivers licenses for extensive past coverage, including of the many downsides of...

GOP debate February 22, 2012 (Arizona, CNN, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Ron Paul) - 02/22/12

The worthless GOP debates move into a new month with yet another worthless debate tonight. NETWORK: CNN PARTICIPANTS: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum. TIME: 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern CO-SPONSOR: Republican Party of Arizona WHERE: Mesa Arts Center, Arizona MODERATOR: John King TRANSCRIPT: When available. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: For a preview of this debate, see debates. As with...

Wolf Blitzer's outrageous lie about self-deportation (CNN, immigration, attrition) - 01/27/12

At last night's debate, Wolf Blitzer of CNN outrageously lied when he asked Mitt Romney this: "Governor Romney, the few times and I think it was only once, that they experimented with self-deportation, only a handful of individuals voluntarily left. What makes you think that -- that program could work?" The fact of the matter is that illegal aliens do self-deport and have been doing so for...

GOP debate January 26, 2012 (CNN, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Ron Paul) - 01/26/12

... a preview of this debate, see debates. As with all the rest, this debate will feature weak, superficial questions and few follow-ups. Any immigration ideas the candidates present will be flawed, and the moderators won't press them on their actual policies but instead will concentrate on gotcha. SUGGESTED READING: The links in the list of candidates above and most importantly of all the...

GOP debate January 23, 2012 ("self-deport", Florida, NBC, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Ron Paul) - 01/23/12

UPDATE BELOW The worthless GOP debates move to Florida tonight. NETWORK: NBC News CO-SPONSORS: National Journal and the Tampa Bay Times MODERATOR: Brian Williams PANELISTS: Beth Reinhard (see below) and Adam Smith (from the TB Times) WHERE: University of South Florida in Tampa PARTICIPANTS: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum. TRANSCRIPT: When available. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: For...

Republican debate January 19, 2012 (South Carolina, CNN, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Ron Paul) - 01/19/12

... a preview of this debate, see debates. As with all the rest, this debate will feature weak, superficial questions and few follow-ups. Any immigration ideas the candidates present will be flawed, and the moderators won't press them on their actual policies but instead will concentrate on gotcha. CNN is somewhat OK when it comes to covering breaking news, but when it comes to politics they're a...

Juan Williams' dumb question for Mitt Romney (immigration, Mexico, booing) - 01/17/12

... all the others asked in all the debates so far are a public disservice, pushing the U.S. further down the road to Idiocracy. The candidates for president of the U.S. have consistently been asked weaker questions than Fox News interns are asked. The candidates for president should be given the toughest job interviews of anyone, yet the establishment media asks weak, open-ended questions that...

Kelly Evans' weak immigration question for Rick Perry backfires (WSJ) - 01/17/12

... a better format for political debates. ------------------- [1] Perry's by-the-numbers response: PERRY: Let me tell you the reason that those crossings are at 40 year lows is because the economy of the United States is probably at a 40 year low and the president of these United States needs to change. That’s the reason. As the governor of the second largest state and the state with the longest...

GOP Presidential Debate January 16, 2012 (Fox News, WSJ, South Carolina, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Perry, Ron Paul) - 01/16/12

... a preview of this debate, see debates. As with all the rest, this debate will feature weak, superficial questions and few follow-ups. Any immigration ideas the candidates present will be flawed, and the moderators won't press them on their actual policies but instead will concentrate on gotcha. The WSJ is a strong supporter of not just massive immigration but thinks we should have open borders....

Republican Presidential Debate January 8, 2012 (NBC News, Facebook, New Hampshire, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Perry, Ron Paul, Huntsman, David Gregory) - 01/08/12

... a preview of this debate, see debates and Facebook. As with all the rest, this debate will feature weak, superficial questions and few follow-ups. Any immigration ideas the candidates present will be flawed, and the moderators won't press them on their actual policies but instead will concentrate on gotcha. Facebook, like other high-tech companies, supports raising the number of high skilled...

GOP Presidential Debate January 7, 2012 (New Hampshire, ABC News, Gingrich, Santorum, Romney, Perry, Ron Paul, Huntsman, Diane Sawyer, Stephanopoulos, transcript) - 01/07/12

... a preview of this debate, see debates, Diane Sawyer, and George Stephanopoulos. As with all the rest, this debate will feature weak, superficial questions and few follow-ups. Any immigration ideas the candidates present will be flawed, and the moderators won't press them on their actual policies but instead will concentrate on gotcha. SUGGESTED READING: The links in the list of candidates above...

Iowa Republican Presidential Debate December 15, 2011 (Fox News, GOP, Iowa Caucus, Gingrich, Romney, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Santorum) - 12/15/11

... the list of candidates above, debates, and most importantly of all the alternative to bogus political debates. That plan would ensure that the presidential candidates promote vetted policies with only known side-effects. All the debates so far simply allow candidates to give their stock speeches without being challenged on the flaws in their plans. Feel free to leave comments below before,...

Iowa Republican Presidential Debate December 10, 2011 (ABC News, GOP, Iowa Caucus, Gingrich, Romney, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Santorum, Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos, Drake U) - 12/10/11

... the list of candidates above, debates, and most importantly of all the alternative to bogus political debates. That plan would ensure that the presidential candidates promote vetted policies with only known side-effects. All the debates so far simply allow candidates to give their stock speeches without being challenged on the flaws in their plans. Feel free to leave comments below before,...

CNN Republican Presidential Debate November 22, 2011 (Heritage, AEI, Washington DC, GOP, Romney, Gingrich, Cain, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Santorum, Huntsman) - 11/22/11

... long series of worthless GOP debates continues with yet another from CNN tonight in Washington DC. It will be moderated by Wolf Blitzer and is being held in conjunction with the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. The horse race starts at 8pm Eastern. Like the one just 10 days ago, tonight's debate will focus on national security and foreign policy. If CNN were actually...

CBS Republican Presidential Debate November 12, 2011 (South Carolina, GOP, Romney, Cain, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum, Graham, DeMint) - 11/12/11

... the list of candidates above, debates, and most importantly of all the alternative to bogus political debates. That plan would ensure that the presidential candidates promote vetted policies with only known side-effects. All the debates so far simply allow candidates to give their stock speeches without being challenged on the flaws in their plans. UPDATE: CBS has a transcript here. They don't...

CNBC Republican Presidential Debate November 9, 2011 (Detroit, GOP, Romney, Cain, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum) - 11/09/11

... a very long line of worthless debates, this time a GOP debate in Detroit in conjunction with Oakland University. Feel free to leave comments below before, during or after the debate. This post will be updated after a transcript becomes available. Participants: Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum. Suggested reading: the...

CNN Republican Presidential Debate October 18, 2011 (Las Vegas, GOP, Romney, Cain, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum) - 10/18/11

... yet another of their worthless debates, this time a GOP debate in Las Vegas in conjunction with the Western Republican Leadership Conference (WRLC). Show time is at 8pm Eastern, 5pm Pacific. Feel free to leave comments below before, during or after the debate. This post will be updated after a transcript becomes available. Participants: Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann,...

Bloomberg/WaPo GOP debate, October 11, 2011 (Perry, Romney, Cain, Bachmann...) - 10/11/11

... Julianna Goldman. Suggested reading: debates for past examples of bogus debates and each of the names in the last paragraph except for the last two. UPDATE: A transcript is here. The debate was just about economics. There's no mention of immigration, which is a disservice to the U.S. due to the fact that immigration is a fundamental issue that impacts the U.S. and state economies in various ways.

Fox News/Youtube GOP debate, September 22, 2011 (Perry, Romney, Bachmann...) - 09/22/11

... Note that the last two major debates didn't include Johnson. Suggested reading: debates for past examples of bogus debates; popular voting systems for an explanation of the flawed system Youtube uses to choose the questions that are asked; Youtube corporate and Google corporate for past bogus debates they've been involved in and their other political activities; and each of the names in the last...

Teaparty shouts "yeah!" to just letting the uninsured die (Ron Paul, CNN, GOP debate) - 09/13/11

Last year, Teapartiers threw dollars bills at and mocked a Parkinson's victim (see the video on tea parties). Their encore was at last night's GOP debate where at least two teapartiers shouted "Yeah!" on whether to allow the uninsured to just die. Video below. Yes, it was just two or three teapartiers, but it's an illustration of the teapartier mindset and where libertarian policies lead. It's...

CNN Teaparty GOP debate: September 12, 2011 (Rick Perry, Romney, Bachmann, Ron Paul) - 09/12/11

... candidates above, CNN, Wolf Blitzer, debates, and some questions in my Twitter feed: @24AheadDotCom_ . There's no chance at all that CNN is going to really press any of the candidates on anything that would make the establishment uncomfortable, specifically immigration and trade. Nor is there any chance that CNN will really press them on the fringe, LibertarianLite ideas of the teapartiers....

GOP debate: September 7, 2011 (immigration, Rick Perry, Romney, Bachman, Huntsman, Cain, Gingrich, Santorum) - 09/07/11

Tonight's the night for the first major GOP debate, sponsored by Politico and NBC News and featuring Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Michelle Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum. I'll replace this text with a discussion of the immigration portions of the debate after a transcript becomes available. In the meantime, see each of those links for background information, and...

Newt Gingrich offers false choice, supports incremental amnesty, doesn't challenge CNN for misleading on immigration (GOP 6/13/11 debate) - 06/13/11

At tonight's GOP debate, both moderator John King and candidate Newt Gingrich offered a false choice on immigration. Instead of calling King on offering a misleading choice, Gingrich offered the same false choice. Gingrich also implied the same piecemeal amnesty plan he's discussed before, and issued a fantastical plan to send half the DHS and large numbers of National Guard to the border. The...

John King misleads about Tancredo and mass deportations at CNN 6/13/11 GOP debate (immigration) - 06/13/11

At tonight's GOP debate, John King of CNN made a misleading claim about Tom Tancredo: I want to do one more on this issue. President Bush and Senator McCain spent a lot of time on this, Mr. Speaker. I want your view. There are an estimated maybe 20 million illegal immigrants in this country. People have different numbers. If you were going to round them all up - Congressman Tom Tancredo on this...

John King asks bogus immigration question, Ron Paul has confused answer (CNN GOP 6/13/11 debate) - 06/13/11

At tonight's CNN GOP debate, John King asked a bogus immigration question (no surprise), and Ron Paul answered in a way that was even more confused than usual. I'm not even going to bother discussing Paul's comments since it doesn't really matter. What does matter is a source that presents themselves as the home of real journalism asking a question like this (transcript link): And so, Dr. Paul,...

GOP debate open thread: Monday, June 13, 2011 (CNN /WMUR /New Hampshire Union Leader) - 06/13/11

... King links and the posts on the debates page for coverage of past debates. It would literally be insane to think that this debate will be any different from past CNN debates, which have featured weak questions that don't hold policy makers accountable. UPDATE: Bachmann says the first government agency she'd go after would be the Environmental Protection Agency and that the EPA should be renamed...

Rick Santorum gives Democrats a pass on immigration - 05/06/11

... have all the other presidential debates - was a waste of time that did not do a public service. And, Santorum didn't rise above it. [1] The Democrat's response is at democrats.org/news/may5debate/ fact_check_santorum_on_immigration, which includes among other "fact checks", this AP headling: AP: Senate Republicans Doomed An Effort That Would Have Given Hundreds Of Thousands Of Young Immigrants A...

Gary Johnson is still incredibly wrong on immigration (GOP debate) - 05/06/11

If you've been following along with my coverage of former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, you already know that he's incredibly wrong on immigration. If you haven't been following along, see his name's link for my detailed discussion of why he's wrong, such as the questions I asked him on Twitter that he refused to answer. (If you're wondering why I'm wasting my time on someone who stands no...

Live coverage: John McCain/Barack Obama Hofstra "debate", 10/15/08 - 10/15/08

Live coverage of the "debate" at Hofstra University between John McCain and Barack Obama commences now. McCain is taking BHO to task for the "Sarah Palin is a ****" t-shirts and for BHO's implication of widespread rabble-rousing at McCain/Palin rallies. And, BHO is stumbling. He indeed has a "glass jaw", yet no one wants to take advantage of his lack of experience at being challenged. "Let's get...

John McCain/Barack Obama townhall debate live coverage (10/7/08) - 10/07/08

Live coverage of the John McCain/Barack Obama town hall "debate" - concomitant with me weeping for those who want to turn our political system into something closely approximating the Soviet Union - begins now. The questions I've seen so far are simply allowing them to replay their stock speeches. You bet BHO supports nuclear energy. His contributors depend on it. Tom Brokaw has a follow-up. Don'...

CNN Democratic Candidates Compassion Forum: no immigration questions - 04/14/08

... America. Previous coverage of the CNN "debates" starts at the last link. [1] See the stock editorial "SAVE Act perpetuates, rather than reforms, our immigration policy" (link) "Expressions of hatred and xenophobia toward immigrants, at an all-time high, are producing widespread fear in the Latino community. Unfortunately, the echo of a hate-filled climate is now making its way through Congress...

CNN/Youtube censored video replies on CNN debate - 12/05/07

Youtube and/or CNN censored the list of video replies to their raw footage of the recent CNN/Youtube GOP debate. On November 29, 2007 I uploaded two highly critical videos about the previous night's debate, and added them as replies to two of the CNN/Youtube-provided videos. My videos were in the list of replies for between one and three days, but then sometime on or before December 1 were...

Black and Brown debate features childish race card tricks (Richardson as Hillary's VP?) - 12/02/07

The "Iowa Brown and Black Forum" was held yesterday. Edwards gave a shout out to Obama and said he wants to raise the minimum wage to $9.50; B. Hussein Obama agreed. Then, the card games began, with Obama saying: "When America gets a cold, black and brown America get pneumonia, and we've got pneumonia right now... We're moving in that direction, and we've got to do something about it. We've got...

Can we get the presidential candidates to attend policy debates? - 11/26/07

The presidential debates so far have been a mockery of a sham, featuring shallow questions, few follow-ups, and even worse in the case of the last CNN debate. The following video proposes a new type of debate. Each candidate - together with their policy advisors - would face off with a panel of policy experts from across the spectrum. Those experts would ask the candidate a series of detailed...

CNN Democratic debate November 15, 2007 - 11/15/07

Just started watching, and so far both questions CNN has gone to the audience for had major issues. First, the claim that the questioner was racially profiled is just that: a claim, not a fact. Second, the question about immigration contained a lie: terrorists have indeed crossed our southern border, as have tens of thousands of people from Special Interest countries like Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia...

Tim Russert/MSNBC Democratic "debate" features journalistic incompetence - 09/26/07

The Democrats are offering yet another debate this evening, broadcast on MSNBC and featuring Tim Russert as moderator. He and a "reporter" from a Northeast TV network just asked the candidates whether they supported sanctuary cities. Then, Russert and the "reporter" just listened as the candidates blathered on. All of them supported sanctuary cities, with (of course) Kucinich and Gravel being the...

Yes, I know the Watermelon Party and the Big-L Libertarians are odious, but... - 08/02/04

... here is to organize a series of debates with the Green Party. This is not so much to win over adherents from other parties but to win over undecided people who would be attracted to an open debate creating a marketplace for social change. This can be done with other candidates but it is important that there be many debates organized at a grass roots level (20-50). While the LP has been involved...