As great as the outcome was on Wednesday -- Republican candidates stomped CNBC's interrogators, the debate format is stupid. Instead of seeking information, the reporters seek stories. They deliberately want to catch the candidates off-guard, and to take "them" off their talking points. Why? The purpose of the debates should be to let the public know where these men and woman stand. In July, I suggested a one question debate in which the candidates spoke to the issue -- just as Lincoln and Douglas did in 1858.
The campaign managers for the three outsider campaigns -- Carson, Fiorina and Trump -- agreed to force the RNC and the networks to stop this nonsense and hold a debate.
From the Washington Examiner:
After a performance by CNBC moderators that Republicans characterized as both biased and inept, a manager for a top GOP campaign says he will try to organize other campaigns to force the Republican National Committee to make “wholesale change” in the debate process.
In an interview shortly after the debate, Barry Bennett, manager of the Ben Carson campaign, called the session here in Colorado “unfair to everyone” and said the current debate structure should not remain in place. “I think the families need to get together here, because these debates as structured by the RNC are not helping the party,” Bennett said. “There’s not enough time to talk about your plans, there’s no presentation. It’s just a slugfest. All we do is change moderators. And the trendline is horrific. So I think there needs to be wholesale change here.”
Bennett said he will call Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski Thursday to propose a unified call for change. “Corey and I talk regularly, so I will talk to him,” Bennett said. “I will call Frank Sadler (Carly Fiorina’s campaign manager), I will call those guys and say listen, we can choose our own network and our own format. We don’t need to be led around like prize steers.”
“I think at this point, if five or six of us get together, who generate the largest portion of the audience, we can force change,” Bennett said.Exactly. This is a multi-million-dollar windfall for the networks. The candidates are asserting their leadership.
I do not get why moderators think anyone gives a punt about them. It is about the candidates, not about the moderators.