Opinion

New Hampshire debate’s format was flawed

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Herman Cain
Contributor

John King’s last question to all of us was a good and unexpected one: “What did we learn from the debate tonight?” I learned that the field of candidates seeking the Republican nomination for president is not a weak field, as some people have tried to convince the public.

When six of the seven candidates on the stage that night hold or have held a major public office, along with one problem-solving businessman, most people do not consider that a weak field. With six of the participants having been a speaker of the House, senator, governor or representative, that’s not a weak field. And I was just happy to be there as Mr. Cain.

Maybe that’s why I wanted to answer the questions.

Herman Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, is a Republican candidate for president.

  • Fred2

    @Jasmine Clark

    I agree that the debate format hampers Cain and the other GOP candidates in displaying their differences and political beliefs. An idea blogger John Nolte came up with is to move the debate online and ignore the Liberal ruled mainstream media outlets.

    An excerpt:

    “GOP, you had better wake up before it’s too late and in my opinion it will be too late in September when the double-threat of MSM corruption known and NBC/Politico hosts a debate. NBC and Politico are not honest brokers, they are our undeclared political enemies and any one of our candidates who walks into that rigged game deserves to have their judgment questioned. A wise GOP field would pull out of any and all debates hosted by the MSM, because NEWSFLASH: Primary debates shouldn’t be designed to cater to the media or to the public at large. They should be staged to help primary voters make a difficult choice, to make our side look as good as possible, and — wait for it!, wait for it! — to do as much political damage to President Obama as possible.

    Why not arrange for a regular series of debates with tough, intelligent questioners from our side that represent the full right-of-center spectrum, people such as Jonah Goldberg, Thomas Sowell, Mark Steyn, Morrissey, Tammy Bruce, Mary Katherine Hamm, Erick Erickson, Dana Loesch, Brit Hume, Hugh Hewitt, Rush Limbaugh, Dennis Prager and on and on?

    What’s the downside? That the MSM will get pissy and badmouth us for not playing their rigged game? They’re out to destroy us anyway and we have a much better chance of avoiding that destruction if we fight instead of cave.”

    Read the rest of Mr. Nolte’s column here:

    http://biggovernment.com/jjmnolte/2011/06/14/a-smart-gop-would-cancel-all-msm-debates-and-stage-their-own/

  • Scrap Iron

    Next time, Mr. Cain, please refuse to answer to stupid questions posed to yo9u , like deep dish or thin crust.
    Who cares?
    Some of us like BOTH!!
    Keep talking about your ideas (or whoever’s they are) about health care, and keep talking up the Fair Tax.

  • UncleJimmy

    Good thoughts Mr Cain. I also was disappointed that you never got a chance to answer that question. Please continue pushing….we’re behind you. As an afterthought, please think twice before appearing again on O’Reilly’s show. That man is too busy sucking up to Obama to give you a fair chance. He started trying to marginalize you during your appearance…and has been discounting you on his show since then.

  • mariaream

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jasmine-Clark/1785223171 Jasmine Clark

    good essay here!! and yes, i agree the debate was flawed. there were too many people there on one stage, making it so that there wasn’t much time to answer questions! good thing you answered more thoroughly here.