Republicans Balk

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tavis Smiley, host of The Tavis Smiley Show, which airs Fridays at 9PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 2PM on AM 820, editor of The Covenant with Black America, and host of the "All-American Presidential Forums on PBS", says the Republican candidates sitting out tonight's debate are making a mistake to ignore the African American vote.


Tavis Smiley

Comments [7]

Steven from Ridgewood


I wonder if you and other media interviewers (Terry Gross, Tavis Smiley, Tim Rusert, George Stephanopoulos, etc.) could collectively agree to limit their questions of presidential candidates to a short list of ten or so questions. Yes, the interviews would be significantly shorter but we wouldn't have to endure discussions about their heroes or listen as they only answer pop-culture questions. Interviews wouldn't turn into opportunities for candidates to pitch their ghost-written drivel like "Hard Choices". As an interviewer you could ask them each of the ten questions and wait for the fake laugh as the candidate avoids answering on the grounds that they haven't formed an opinion or that due to security they're unable to answer the question.

And what rewards to the candidate that goes off script and answers one of the questions honestly. Here's my 4 questions:

1. Do you think it's ethical for former Presidents to collect fees for giving speeches? If so, do you think they should pay the fee for their Secret Service protection?

2. Most Americans believe executions should be televised. First, do you support capital punishment and secondly, would you support live televised executions?

3. As President would you use the National Guard to pursue and "destroy" (as enemy combatants)any US-based militia and/or racist terrorist organization that calls for the overthrow of the US government and/or the destruction of Israel?

4. Is Youtube good for democracy?

Sep. 27 2007 11:27 AM
ab from nyc

I agree Jeffrey,

They are such....

But the republican party is the racist party (except for a few Toms they find here and there) so they are being consistent

Sep. 27 2007 10:30 AM
chris from brooklyn

of course Hillary's comments regarding Israel and Syria, and her vote in the Senate about the Iranian Revolutionary Guard have nothing at all to do with her association with AIPAC, Jewish Donors, the Israel lobby etc.

Follow the money!

Sep. 27 2007 10:23 AM
Jeffrey Slott from East Elmhurst

Talk about a disingenuous response... not thinking it's may be a bit of a coincidence that all four candidates just happen to have prior engagements... These republicans are such... Well, do I need to really say the obvious?

Sep. 27 2007 10:17 AM
Sarah from North Salem, NY

I agree with Robert, it's OVER a year away!

Sep. 27 2007 10:16 AM
antonio from park slope

What would you expect from those hacks, more time for Ron Paul...

Sep. 27 2007 10:09 AM
Robert from NYC

Too early for election stuff. It's gotten boring.

Sep. 27 2007 09:36 AM

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