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(Politico)   Intelligent, well thought out questions that should be asked at the presidential debates. In other words, the questions they'd never ask in a million years   (politico.com) divider line 132
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2012-10-02 02:26:51 PM
What we get is "How much do you love America more than your opponent?"
 
2012-10-02 02:35:23 PM
"Mr President, when you and the First Lady are getting freaky, what's her 'go-to' position for getting off?"
 
2012-10-02 02:36:47 PM
Stick to the script!
 
2012-10-02 02:36:59 PM
"Well, there you go again!"
 
2012-10-02 02:41:43 PM
Mr Romney, America still faces economic uncertainty at a time when Middle Eastern tensions are once again on the rise with the United States squarely in the sights of Muslim extremists. Do you think the replacement NFL referees are this year's number one story in the NFL?
 
2012-10-02 02:43:28 PM
"If you could give a homemade pie to a Civil War General, which pie would it be, which general would it be, and why?"

From Fox: "'Mister' 'President' if Acorn and Activists Judges fraudulently award you an illegal second term would you use your voodoo powers to turn all legal firearms -- or, 'Freedom Jesus Sticks' -- into mandatory gay marriage licenses, or will you instead turn those Freedom Jesus Sticks -- or 'Magic America Crying Eagle Defender Rods' -- into Kenyan flags?"
 
2012-10-02 02:47:38 PM
I know who she is voting for come this November. I may be dumb but I aint blind, and she really goes extremely easy on Obama. Nothing about GITMO or gay marriage. Nothing about Bush era-tax cuts expiring or resigning the Patriot Act. The only thing that would borderline be scathing of Obama would be the Drone question.
 
2012-10-02 02:49:38 PM
"Mr. Romney, we couldn't help but notice that you're soused to the gills. Given that your security, transportation and expenses are paid by taxpayers, is there any reason why we shouldn't be grossly insulted?"

(Offstage) "Pssst! Mitt! Your mom!"

Romney: "Well, I'd hoped to avoid the subject of mother's tumor..."
 
2012-10-02 02:50:08 PM
The press ask intelligent questions of the candidates? hahahahahahahhahahahahahahaha Oh, that will be the day.
 
2012-10-02 02:51:45 PM
Governor Romney: your campaign seems to have the momentum of a runaway freight train. Why are you so popular?
 
2012-10-02 02:52:42 PM
It doesn't matter what the question is, the answer will always be scripted. Politicians just take what was asked and apply it to their script.

1) In a Republican primary debate, you and your colleagues refused to take a deal that allowed $10 in cuts for $1 in tax revenue. Today, would you still refuse to take a 10-to-1 deal? At the end of 2006, you signed Grover Norquist's pledge to never raise taxes. Are you still bound to that pledge? Would that pledge trump your oath to uphold the Constitution? Would you vow here to never raise taxes, no matter the consequences?

"The current tax code is a complete mess....blah blah blah "

2) Do you endorse Rep. Todd Akin for Senate, and would you campaign with him in Missouri?

"I don't think that's relevant to the debate, but for the record I thought the Senator's remarks were poorly made and Missouri is in the bag for me right now so I don't have to answer that second part."

3) Be specific: Name the top three exemptions or deductions in the Tax Code that you would limit or eliminate in order to create a revenue-neutral tax structure that lowers the top rates from 35 percent to 28 percent.

"As I've said many times, I have been working with Congressional leaders to identify places in the tax code where..."

4) You said your 47 percent comment was not "elegantly stated." As elegantly as you can, tell us if you still believe that 47 percent of Americans "believe that they are victims who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing ... and the government should give it to them?"

"Let me clarify as president I will work for the people, all people. American Exceptionalism Blah blah blah."

5) Should the U.S. still be subsidizing the oil industry? If so, isn't that picking winners and losers? If not, would you push through legislation that would stop it?

"Obama and the Oil pipeline legislation blah blah blah."

6) Do you still believe, as you wrote in your book, that "climate change is occurring" and "that human activity is a contributing factor?" If so, what should the U.S. do to mitigate the human causes of climate change?

"Yes I do believe that climate change is occurring. Energy independence Obama Oil pipeline regulations bad blah blah blah."

7) The Republican platform calls for reinserting the banks as middlemen on the granting of student loans. The Congressional Budget Office has said that would cost $60 billion more to students as banks take fees and subsidies from the loan management. Given that added cost and if you adopt Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan to cut Pell Grants and loans, how, specifically, would you help middle-class families pay for their children's college education?

"The problem with student loans is that they have caused skyrocketing education costs, American exceptionalism, Obama bad for education, blah blah blah."

8) Do you believe Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was rightly decided? Do you believe that corporate and individual spending in politics should be unlimited and anonymous?

"I think there should be some rules in place for contributions, which I won't elaborate on right now because I'm on script blah blah blah no specifics given." 
 
2012-10-02 02:54:26 PM
For the record, I think they should shock politicians who don't answer the question, avoid the question, or only answer part of the question. Not anything nice, either. Like shoot a farking taser at them. That should be the rule. You get tasered if you don't answer the question.

That avoiding the question sh*t will stop instantly.
 
2012-10-02 02:55:09 PM
"Do you think Nancy Reagan really gave the best blowjobs in Hollywood?"
 
2012-10-02 03:00:41 PM

bdub77: For the record, I think they should shock politicians who don't answer the question, avoid the question, or only answer part of the question. Not anything nice, either. Like shoot a farking taser at them. That should be the rule. You get tasered if you don't answer the question.

That avoiding the question sh*t will stop instantly.


F*cking awesome.

"Mr. Romney, are you wearing underwear right now?"

"I don't see how that's relevan..."

*BZZZZZZT*

"Mr. Romney, now that you know I'm serious. Did you take advantage of the 2009 tax amnesty program?"
 
2012-10-02 03:11:12 PM

Rev.K: bdub77: For the record, I think they should shock politicians who don't answer the question, avoid the question, or only answer part of the question. Not anything nice, either. Like shoot a farking taser at them. That should be the rule. You get tasered if you don't answer the question.

That avoiding the question sh*t will stop instantly.

F*cking awesome.

"Mr. Romney, are you wearing underwear right now?"

"I don't see how that's relevan..."

*BZZZZZZT*

"Mr. Romney, now that you know I'm serious. Did you take advantage of the 2009 tax amnesty program?"


Yes! This would be awesome.
 
2012-10-02 03:19:49 PM
Mr. Romney, you've gone on record as saying you support abortion in cases of rape and incest. Why are those babies less deserving of life than babies conceived when the woman is a willing participant in sex?

Mr. Obama, you've made statements in the past suggesting that you support states' rights to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Why is it that your Justice Department has made more raids on state-legal operations than your predecessor, who did NOT support medical marijuana?
 
2012-10-02 03:24:19 PM
The only way to make good debate questions is to ask REALLY SPECIFIC questions that simply don't allow for generic answers.
 
2012-10-02 03:35:57 PM

bdub77: It doesn't matter what the question is, the answer will always be scripted. Politicians just take what was asked and apply it to their script.


100% true. That is why the questions need to be a bit more clever.

Example: "What sacrifice are you going to be asking of Americans as part of your economic plan? In what areas of the economy are Americans going to need more patience in awaiting a recovery or will they have to lower their expectations over the next 4 years?"

2nd example: "On what issue do you expect the most resistance from the opposing party and how will you work with them to find a compromise?"
 
2012-10-02 03:43:53 PM

DamnYankees: The only way to make good debate questions is to ask REALLY SPECIFIC questions that simply don't allow for generic answers.


You need questions that have no canned response. John King's question at the GOP primaries was good. "What is the most common misconception about your?" Romney was literally incapable of answering it.

You don't ask "Why won't you release your tax returns?". You ask: "The average American thinks you should release your tax returns. Do you think it is wrong of them to not just take your word on your recent tax history?"


To Obama: "You have indicated that a GOP Congress has been obstructionist over the pass 4 years. What is more important, a Government that works together or that your party controls the Presidency?"
 
2012-10-02 03:51:46 PM
The debate should only be one portion of the evening. There should also be a swimsuit competition and a talent portion, ending with an extreme physical challenge.
 
2012-10-02 03:53:06 PM
How many people are seriously going to be swayed by the debates? Aren't there very few "undecided" voters this time around?
 
2012-10-02 04:00:07 PM

kid_icarus: The debate should only be one portion of the evening. There should also be a swimsuit competition and a talent portion, ending with an extreme physical challenge.


I read "talent" as "taint" and was instantly very disturbed.
 
2012-10-02 04:01:09 PM

mrshowrules: kid_icarus: The debate should only be one portion of the evening. There should also be a swimsuit competition and a talent portion, ending with an extreme physical challenge.

I read "talent" as "taint" and was instantly very disturbed.


Well, depending on the size of the swimsuit...
 
2012-10-02 04:05:09 PM
Since I already know who I am voting for, I am not watching the debates. I'll just tune into talk radio and hear snippets tailored to fit my world view.
 
2012-10-02 04:05:13 PM

themindiswatching: How many people are seriously going to be swayed by the debates? Aren't there very few "undecided" voters this time around?


I've commented on this before. There is a large part of the population who are "low information" voters. They either don't watch the news or what they watch it through a partisan filter like Fox News.

The debate for many people will be the first time they see an unfiltered attack of their own candidate. I think the debates especially the first one have a 2% to 4% bump possibility for Obama if he nails it. If Romney nails it, up to a 2% bump because the pool he would be drawing from would be slightly more informed and therefore harder to sway.
 
2012-10-02 04:05:32 PM
Actually, a real debate would be nice regardless of the questions asked. What we have no isn't so much a debate as two people stating their positions.
 
2012-10-02 04:23:36 PM

WhyteRaven74: Actually, a real debate would be nice regardless of the questions asked. What we have no isn't so much a debate as two people stating their positions.


They should be forced to watch each other's political ads and comment afterwards. That would get spit and fur flying.
 
2012-10-02 04:32:06 PM

mrshowrules: They should be forced to watch each other's political ads and comment afterwards. That would get spit and fur flying.


Oh can see it now, Mitt goes flying off the handle and Obama comes back with "You mad?".
 
2012-10-02 04:36:08 PM
Do you intend to bow to Israel's pressure to launch a military strike against Iran? If yes, are you willing to commit ground troops? If yes, what is your exit strategy for the occupation of Iran, which has a population more than 2 and a half times that of Iraq?
 
2012-10-02 04:47:52 PM
I'm guessing boxers or briefs isn't one of them...
 
2012-10-02 04:52:07 PM

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: "Mr President, when you and the First Lady are getting freaky, what's her 'go-to' position for getting off?"


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Mitt and Ann getting buz-AY
 
2012-10-02 04:53:42 PM

imontheinternet: Do you intend to bow to Israel's pressure to launch a military strike against Iran? If yes, are you willing to commit ground troops? If yes, what is your exit strategy for the occupation of Iran, which has a population more than 2 and a half times that of Iraq?


dude, that's an unfair comparison. 60% of iran's population is under 30. put bieber in the lead tank and they will be greeting us with flowers in the street as liberators.
 
2012-10-02 05:05:58 PM

cman: The only thing that would borderline be scathing of Obama would be the Drone question.


The Drone question is kind of a stupid one. There is no military technology that will remove the possibility of civilian casualties.
 
2012-10-02 05:06:47 PM
FTFA: Bonus questions for Romney:

1) If you had $50 to last for an entire week, which would you buy: a) groceries; b) gasoline so you could get to work; c) prescriptions for your child's illness?


I would pay cash money to hear Mitt wrestle with this little conundrum.
 
2012-10-02 05:07:05 PM

Fart_Machine: There is no military technology that will remove the possibility of civilian casualties.


Clearly you haven't heard about modern advances in reclassifying civilians as enemy combatants.
 
2012-10-02 05:08:46 PM
What is your actual tax/economic/immigration/etc plan....be farking specific.
 
2012-10-02 05:09:31 PM
See, I don't think anything would phase Obama since he went into the lions' den (read: the Baltimore House GOP 'summit'), opened the lion's mouth, stuck and kept his head in the whole time; then took his head out, closed the lion's mouth and strutted out of the den.

Now Romney OTOH: he wouldn't get within 50 miles.
 
2012-10-02 05:09:34 PM
Mr. Romney, you've made tax cuts part of your platform based on the assumption that an increase in taxes will stifle the ability of job creatorsTM to create jobs. My question is two parts:
a) How does an increase from an effective 14% tax rate to an effective 17% tax rate, still lower than middle class tax rates, suppress job creation?
b) how many jobs have you personally created in the past 6 years?
 
2012-10-02 05:12:08 PM
Spending is currently at 24% of GDP and revenue is at 15% of GDP.
 
At what % do you think the two should ultimately meet to balance the budget? What areas of spending would you cut to reach that number? How do you propose to increase revenue to meet that number?
 
2012-10-02 05:12:11 PM
I doubt Mitt cares what a Canadian has to say.
 
2012-10-02 05:13:01 PM
it doesn't matter the question...they both (maybe) will use the question as a launching pad to talk about what they want to talk about.

You know...they ask, what are your proposed economic policies?

Great question. All sorts of things are proposed...but one thing that should propose is a man to another man. Republican believe in God and the Constitution and limiting the freedom of individuals is one thing I can get behind. And we all know Obama gets behind them, too, amirite. Zing!
 
2012-10-02 05:13:49 PM
shouldn't.

/typos ruin jokes. *shakes tiny fist*
 
2012-10-02 05:14:55 PM
Mr. Romney your tax plan is based on the theory that if you give more money to job creators that they will create more jobs, can you please explain the last 30 years of economic trends vs. labor market data that completely disproves every tenet of your ideology?

Also, the magic underwear....can we see it?
 
2012-10-02 05:15:23 PM

Summer Glau's Love Slave: FTFA: Bonus questions for Romney:

1) If you had $50 to last for an entire week, which would you buy: a) groceries; b) gasoline so you could get to work; c) prescriptions for your child's illness?

I would pay cash money to hear Mitt wrestle with this little conundrum.


It's a farking stupid question. You've done absolutely nothing in the previous weeks to prepare for this? Not even save a dollar or two a week? It's like that poverty simulation website. Some people were completely unable to make it through the month without serious problems, and yet others (when presented the EXACT same situation) were able to make it with money left over.
 
2012-10-02 05:16:04 PM
FTA:
6) The use of drones is causing more anti-American sentiment overseas than any other foreign-policy action. Would you consider suspending drone usage until the technology is perfected in order to avoid civilian deaths?

Not a good question. There's no problem with drone technology; the problem is that we're launching missiles at terrorists with people standing around them; that's a problem with technique/strategy, not technology.
 
2012-10-02 05:16:09 PM
"Gentlemen, the drought gets worse than ever. There's not enough food or water for the whole country. So who gets it: the 99% or the Koch Brothers?
 
2012-10-02 05:16:54 PM
"What makes America the greatest country in the world?"

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2012-10-02 05:17:10 PM
Governor Romney, given the deterioration of America's infrastructure and community structure, with decreased Congressional will to fix them, do you know any good zingers?
 
2012-10-02 05:17:26 PM
Mr. Obama, Given the fact that you armed Mexican Drug Lords who are currently murdering our border guards, why haven't you resigned your position out of disgrace?
 
2012-10-02 05:18:27 PM
I propose the debates be held with both candidates suspended over a tank full over starved sharks. There would be an America Idol style system where you could text in votes. As many as you want, fast as you can type. Obama said something you like? Send in D+ and the pulleys will raise him 1/4th of an inch. Romney say something you hate? Text R- and he'll drop a quarter of an inch.

Afterwards, we make whichever shark got the fattest president.
 
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