Steve Eaton: Presidential debates strange way to pick leaders

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  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 29, 2012 9:01 a.m.

    Mr Eaton said: "The four remaining Republican presidential candidates shocked moderators, viewers and their own campaigns on Tuesday night, when they suddenly pushed aside the podiums, pulled in a table from off stage and started working together to come up with new solutions that they said would 'benefit all of the American people.'"

    That's what I want to see from the candidates, but know that I never will. None of them care anything about the American people; they just care about amassing power. None of the remaining candidates are worthy to be President. We deserve better, but we're not going to get it.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Jan. 29, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    Debates are an indication of only one thing....who is the best debater. That's all. They don't indcate who would be the best leader, executive or anything else. No matter how much Gingrich tries to make us believe the debates are important, they aren't. They are only one small aspect of a campaign. They don't determine elections.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    Jan. 27, 2012 7:14 p.m.

    Negative campaigning is so effective for two reasons:

    1)More and more politicans just lie, right to your face, or the camera in the case of these debates. Last night, Mitt flat out lied on several occasions. Not remembering an add his campaign was running even though it is brand new, and has his voice overall approval at the end. Unfortunately, it's become your opponents main job to tell voters the truth about you and your record.

    2)So many uninformed voters out there. They hear something from a family member, a friend or co-worker, or their favorite radio/TV station, and that becomes fact. It could be something as flat out ridiculous as "the Democrats are going to form a death panel to submit grandma to death!" and people believe it.

    The way the President should be chosen is for each and every voter to do their own independent research, and see where your views align. During the 08 election, a very conservative voting family member took a little quiz you can find online. It asks you very basic concept questions, then tells you which candidate your views/opinions are shared with. Lets just say it didn't give them a lot of confidence in the R they had been casting for years.