Fourth time is a charm!
At least that’s what the remaining characters (those who haven’t been voted off the island yet,) are hoping.
As you’ll recall as early as the debut episode, there have been explosions. While these are great for ratings the top billed characters, led by Donald Trump, have been adamant and persistent that the purpose of the debate is for the moderators to pitch softball questions that the candidates can then back out of the park.
The very first question in the very first episode had Fox news anchor Brett Behr asking a “show of hands” question.”
The “show of hands” question first reared its head in the 2012 season.
The debate moderator posed a question to Candidate Rick Santorum on the subject of deficit reduction. He asked if he was presented with a budget that offered $10 of spending cuts for every $1 of revenue increase would he, as President walk away from it. He replied that he would indeed walk away.
SHOW OF HANDS
August 2011: Brett Baier to GOP Candidates
“I’m going to ask a question to everyone here on the stage. Say you had a deal, a real spending cuts deal, 10-to-1, as Byron said, spending cuts to tax increases…. Who on this stage would walk away from that deal? Can you raise your hand if you feel so strongly about not raising taxes, you’d walk away on the 10-to-1 deal?”
Brett Baier then opened the question up to all of the performers onstage. They all raise their hands and stood firm that there was no amount of revenue increase that would be acceptable to them should they be the next president.
The audience cheered and cheered and cheered.
So in the August 2015 debate, Mr. Baier decided, this time – to open the debate with another opportunity for the candidates to raise their hands. This time he asked them all if they would pledge their loyalty to the GOP and promise not to run as an Independent, in the event that they were not chosen as the the party’s standard bearer.
Although he asked the question to all the candidates, clearly he was targeting the question to (then) front runner Trump. It was, indeed a fair question since Mr. Trump was only a recent convert to the Republican party and many wondered if he would jump ship should someone else
get the nod. As expected, everyone raised their hands with the predictable exception of Donald.
The second debate was very entertaining. Instead of just asking tough questions the moderators from CNN were asking the candidates to comment on remarks that other candidates have made about them.
By the time the third debate rolled around hosted by CNBC, the candidates were up in arms about the way in which the moderators were treating them.
To be accurate, the moderators were tough. They pressed the candidates deeply about things they’ve said or positions they’ve held in the past and how they could reconcile that passed with the current needs and wants of the Republican Party.
After that debate the candidates tried, in vain, to band together. Someone remarked that it was like they were trying to form a union to collectively bargain for better treatment from the next network debates.
Their demands included that all moderators must be conservative voters. They asked to have control over the camera angles that the networks used when showing “reaction shots.”
The group bargaining fell apart very quickly.
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