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October 18th, 2011
05:10 PM ET

Debate 101: Why Watch?

CNN's John King explains the importance of a televised debate. Be sure to tune in TONIGHT as the Republican presidential candidates face off in the Western Republican Debate at 8p.m. ET.

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  1. J.Bielot

    If the media cared to stay relevant, maybe they should consider what the public actually thinks versus what
    is being force fed to them. Following are excerpts from various websites
    stressing the obvious–media behavior in "deciding" the GOP candidate:

    From Politico: "More than 150 major stories since Sept. 12 have been written, as well as thousands of asides offered, about how the GOP was now a “two-man race” between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. It was “baked in the cake.”

    Read more:

    From American Spectator: "Notwithstanding the fact that not a single ballot has
    been cast in any of the Republican primaries, there seems to be a concerted
    effort by the liberal media to bestow the GOP nomination upon former
    Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney."

    "The liberal media might want to call off the coronation. After all, we don't
    elect kings. Republican voters might like to have their say as to who becomes
    their nominee against President Obama. At this point, Mitt Romney simply hasn't
    earned the GOP nomination."

    From American Thinker: "Why, then, do I cringe at the thought of Mitt Romney as
    the next U.S. president? Is it his numerous flip-flops? There is no denying
    that he has changed his views on practically all important issues and made it a
    habit of trimming his sails to suit the prevailing winds, slavishly following
    the contortions of social and political fashion. It almost seems as if he
    starts his day by studying the latest public opinion surveys and adjusts his
    position to keep in step with the reigning views du jour. He puts one in mind
    of the proto-socialist French politician, Alexandre Ledru-Rollin (1807-1874),
    known for his famous dictum: "There go the people. I must follow them, for I am
    their leader." (Sort of like President Obama's formula of "leading from

    The GOP debates have taken on the character of kindergarten "food fights."
    Allowing that environment is a product of collective media staging and
    sponsoring organizations/networks–full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
    Newt Gingrich remains the "adult in the room." Thank you for your time!

    October 19, 2011 at 8:03 am |