The first Democratic debate will occur tonight, with 5 candidates making a pitch to become their party’s nominee. While we have now seen two Republican debates, this will be the first chance to get to know the Dems’.
We have seen the Republican candidates plagued by gotcha’ question after gotcha’ question, so it would only be fair if the Democrats were to receive the same treatment. Each candidate has skeletons in their very public closet, and we would like to see how the Dems’ can respond to specific charges. Here is a list of the top questions we would like to see each candidate respond to.
Hillary Clinton: Given your initial endorsement of the Arab spring, now taking into account the rapid deterioration of the affected countries – Libya, Syria, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt – would you be willing to say you made a mistake?
The Arab spring, to anyone paying attention, has only caused instability and bloodshed. We would like to see if Hillary Clinton is capable of joining us in the realm of reality. We know, its a lot to ask for.
Bernie Sanders: As a self proclaimed socialist running for president of a capitalist country, what kind of programs would you establish that the non-socialists on stage would not?
Bernie has been vague when it comes to clarifying his anti-capitalism stance. He has also been vague when talking about his opponents. We think America deserves to know what a socialist stands for as opposed to other Democrats.
Jim Webb: You have repeatedly called Ronald Reagan one of your heroes. In what ways would your admiration of President Reagan influence your presidency?
While this adoration might hurt Webb with leftist voters, we would like to see if Webb will stand by his contrarian views and give the American people straight talk. That is, after all, what Reagan would do.
Martin O’ Malley: When outlining your ideas for gun reform throughout America, you chose to name many of the policies you had established in Maryland. With gun violence at an all-time high in your state, why do you think these policies would work on a country-wide level.
This question has to be asked. State government has always been called the test lab for federal government, so a policy that has been horrendous for a state can’t be considered viable for nation-wide use. Let’s see if Martin O’ Malley understands this logic.
Lincoln Chafee: You voted for Barrack Obama two times. Do you believe President Obama’s policies in the fight against ISIS were impactful?
Before switching party, Chafee was known as the only Republican to vote against the 03 Iraq war. Given his support for Barrack Obama, we would like to hear his opinion on the presidents handling of the Middle East – something we all know has been dreadful.
While we know these questions are probably not going to be included in tonight’s debate, they would certainly reveal much more about each candidate than the soft balls we are expecting. We will settle for at least one question about Hillary’s email scandal.