Thoughts on the 1st Debate?
Posted 04 October 2012 - 02:43 PM
Posted 04 October 2012 - 10:04 PM
Twelve minutes in, this video starts getting into how the debates became the shams that they are once the Democrats and Republicans took control of them away from the League of Women Voters, which was a nonpartisan group and would stand up to the campaigns to ensure fairness. Pretty interesting.
And you fast forward four more years later and you have the Michael Dukakis and the George Bush campaign’s drafting the first ever 12-page secret debate contract. They gave it to The League of Women Voters and said please implement this. The League said, are you kidding me? We are not going to implement a secret contract that dictates the terms of the format. Instead, they release the contract to the public and they held a press conference accusing the candidates of "perpetrating a fraud on the American people" and refusing to be "an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American people."
Well, Amy, conveniently, just a year earlier, the Republican and Democratic parties had ratified an agreement "to take over the presidential debates, and they created this artifice, this commission, and the commission was waiting in the wings and stepped right in and implemented the very same 12-page contract that The League had so effectively denounced, and ever since we’ve had a contract.
Edited by devilsfan26, 04 October 2012 - 10:04 PM.
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