It should be clear to anyone who watched the Palmetto Freedom Forum, there is a better way for citizens to get to know their political candidates. Gone were the “gotcha” questions we see in every mainstream media ran debate. Gone were the one minute soundbite answers, the bells, whistles and buzzers, as well as trivial questions such as; “Coke or Pepsi”? Instead, the panel asked serious questions, involving real issues, that every American citizen should be concerned with.
The five candidates were given 22 minutes each to respond to a myriad of questions, ranging from constitutional first principles to economic policy and social issues. In this format, voters have a real opportunity to evaluate each candidates strengths and weaknesses. Romney showed depth of knowledge in relation to fiscal and economic issues, while on the other hand, showing a weakness in regards to social and constitutional conservative principles. Newt Gingrich displayed an excellent understanding of the political landscape, while Ron Paul’s expert knowledge of monetary policy was quite evident.
Unlike the standard boring debate format, this type of interaction gives voters a chance to get a true feel for candidates and allows both to connect in a way that was heretofore, much more difficult. The mainstream media should take note of this event and be willing to move away from their current stodge debate format. Regardless, I think we will see much more of this kind of debate format in the future.
If you missed the American Principles Project Palmetto Freedom Forum, I urge you to watch the replay on SCETV @ 8:00pm or catch a streaming video online.
It will change the way you think about political debates and demonstrate that there is a better way.