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Published: Thursday, Sept. 8 2011 12:04 a.m. MDT

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JoeBlow
Miami Area, Fl

The "gotcha" questions are now basically any questions that you don't like, or answered poorly.

How can questions to Bachmann to back up her claim of $2 gas be considered "gotcha"?

How does "what do you read" get labeled a "gotcha" question?

Yes, there can be legitimately labeled "gotcha" questions, but they are much fewer in numbers than our politicians will admit.

EJM
Herriman, UT

Those politicians who get upset with those "gotcha" moments and questions never want to get pinned down as to what they actually believe because when they do....the truth comes out. Locally and nationally we need more "gotcha" moments and we need the Fourth Estate to hold these politicians accountable. And, we need ourselves to hold them accountable when it comes to voting in our elections.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

EJM is spot-on. Why is the press so timid about confronting politicians regarding the irrational and demonstrably false things they say?

Why give Rick Perry a pass when he says that evolution is "only a theory"?

Why give Michelle Bachmann a pass when she says she'd get gas prices down to $2 a gallon?

Why give _any_ of these jokers a pass when they say the way to balance the budget is through spending cuts alone and that tax increases are off the table?

Yes, I'm picking on the GOP candidates, and if you want to cite specific examples of Democratic statements that are worthy of a palm-to-the-forehead, "Are you nuts?" challenge, that's fine. If a Democrat says something as demonstrably bone-headed as the stuff lately coming from the GOP, let's blow raspberries at them, too.

My point is that the press needs to grow a spine, and stop letting politicians slide with fawning puff-pieces when what we need are probing questions and follow-ups.

You're not being disrespectful when you reveal a political candidate to be a mendacious nitwit, you'll be doing the nation a favor.

Start doing your jobs!

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

If I say something stupid and you say "gotcha," whose fault is it that I said something stupid?

demorra
Kearns, UT

My problem with this article is that it does not call for the recording of more speeches by both our Republican and Democratic leaders. Why not have the original available to the public in order that the voters can see and hear the words and ideas of our leaders in context? Gone are the days when a politician could call for integration on one side of the tracks and segregation on the other side of the tracks.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Want to avoid "gotcha" moments?

Stop making "outlandish" and "ridiculous" promises.

Don't promise more jobs, lower taxes, less debt, and $2 gas and then complain when someone asks for specifics.

Give us specifics for your vote. Don't expect us to vote you in without plans or specifics but with your hot air promises.

Stand for Liberty
OREM, UT

Re:Blue

"Why give Rick Perry a pass when he says that evolution is "only a theory"?"

Because he is agreeing with real scientists and stating the truth. Evolution in the sense of one species evolving into another isn't scientifically falsifiable and hasn't been observed in the course of human history. Certain facts have all been proven to be true and fitted into a scientific theory which we refer to as evolution but evolution itself has not been proven nor is it falsifiable. As an example, the claim by the scientific community that all life on earth from ants to humans have a common ancestor isn't a fact instead it is a theory.

"My point is that the press needs to grow a spine, and stop letting politicians slide with fawning puff-pieces when what we need are probing questions and follow-ups."

The press does need to grow a spine and every time you post such nit-witted comments they should ask you probing questions and follow up on your comments by coming to your home and inquiring into the beliefs of one of the rulers of this nation. It's time for the press to challenge retarded voters opinions

Stand for Liberty
OREM, UT

Re:The Real Maverick

"Don't promise more jobs, lower taxes, less debt, and $2 gas and then complain when someone asks for specifics."

Candidates will start doing that the moment you stop making uneducated comments in favor of your political activity. If you we will give you some when you give specifics of why your vote is correct.

"Give us specifics for your vote. Don't expect us to vote you in without plans or specifics but with your hot air promises."

It is statements like this which lead to corruption in government. Expecting a candidate for a public office to make promises and to offer specific proposals prior to getting elected leads to corruption because one of two things happen when they take office and learn that the specifics they gave aren't in the best interest of the nation.

They either prove their lack of integrity by not implementing specific policies or plans they proposed in a campaign and do what is in the best interest of the nation or they honor those specific plans and proposals even if its not in the best interest of the nation

Don't expect candidates to want your vote without specific proposals.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

@Stand for Liberty: "If you we will give you some when you give specifics of why your vote is correct."
How's that again?

isrred
Logan, UT

"Why not have the original available to the public in order that the voters can see and hear the words and ideas of our leaders in context?"

The interview in question (the radio show with Dabakis, Nelson, and Chamberlain) is available online. I can't post the link, but you can find the podcast on KRCL's website.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

SFL: "Evolution in the sense of one species evolving into another isn't scientifically falsifiable and hasn't been observed in the course of human history."

That statement is complete nonsense. Evolution is totally falsifiable. As one paleontologist succinctly put it, fossilized rabbits found in Precambrian rocks would do the trick just fine. The fields of genetics and genomics create opportunities to put evolution to the test every day, and evolution-dependent predictions in these fields are constantly developed and tested. Evolution passes each test with flying colors.

Your statement reveals a staggering ignorance of biology and basic principles of science. The sad thing is the GOP is pandering to your ignorance to secure your vote, with no regard for honesty and scientific integrity.

Hellooo
Salt Lake City, UT

Blue how about this for a bone-headed comment, "pass this jobs bill now"?

Hellooo
Salt Lake City, UT

Blue: Unfortunately evolution does not pass with flying colors in real world settings. Especially, in the arena of one cell plants and animals, often the exact opposite of survival of the fittest or most developed happens and species devolve. In this is most often the case.

Chuck E. Racer
Lehi, UT

Republican state vice chair and state secretary both want to do away with public education! That is revealing as to the agenda of many of the delegates and even legislators in this state.

Public education is not an entitlement like medicaid and social security that they said they also wanted to eliminate. Public education was started in the 1600's. It was and is one of the foundational pillars our country is based on.

I'm not sure now which party is trying to tear apart America faster. I've always thought it was the Democrats, maybe it's the Republicans.

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