A Real Debate To Occur in April

One frustration of modern political campaigns is that the candidates are forced to speak in sound bites and avoid discussing the issues with much complexity. John Kerry, one of the more intelligent candidates to run from either party in recent years, was typically laughed at by the media for being too long-winded until he blew out George Bush in the debates. Newt Gingrich, regardless of what we might think of him, is one of the more intelligent and articulate Republicans who is interested in ideas.

Wouldn’t it be fascinating if we had candidates running with real ideas who could hold real debates rather than an exchange of sound bites? We will get a glimpse of what this would be like on April 10 when John Kerry and Newt Gingrich debate climate change and the environment. The debate is part of the Brademas Center exploratory series.

“We need a real debate,” Sen. Kerry said in a written statement. “It is time to stop debating fiction writers, oil executives and flat-earth politicians, and actually talk about how to address global climate change.”

Here’s my suggestion: If the debate turns out to be a more serious look at the issues than the debates held by the Democrats and Republican candidates, scrap the primaries, make Kerry and Gingrich the candidates, and let them keep on debating until the election.

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    mbk says:

    will be broadcast on CSPAN 1 tomorrow (Tuesday April 10) at 10 am. Also broadcast live on the web, at http://www.c-span.org.

    This should be good!

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