Politically Speaking – October 27, 2020
Although a member of the left fake news media (NBC News), Kristen Welker did what no other moderator in the 2016 presidential debates or this year’s earlier presidential debate has done. She conducted a fair debate, asking tough and controversial questions of both candidates, while maintaining “order in the house.” In fact, in the middle of the debate, President Trump actually praised her for fairness. He probably couldn’t believe he was getting a fair shake!
It was a shame that the six debate topics were so similar to the September debate. Even though the moderator “supposedly” picked the topics, I’m sure she had some help! There was no foreign policy topic at all in this debate or the previous one. How can you have a debate for the “Leader of the Free World” for the next four years and not have a foreign policy topic? Some past presidential debates had one topic only — foreign policy. It’s amazing that someone must have calculated that foreign policy was a segment that Trump could only win on and Biden could only lose on. Hmm! Maybe that’s the reason for no foreign policy.
So the six topics of the debate were COVID-19, American Families, National Security, Leadership, Climate Change, and Race in America. The topics might sound familiar since COVID-19, Climate Change, and Race in America were three of the six topics in the last debate, just three weeks before.
Excluded besides foreign policy were some great potential topics the American people would like to hear about from the candidates. They include Economy Recovery, The National Debt, Democracy vs. Socialism, Law and Order, and Compromise in Washington, D.C. But, of course, no one asked for public input in the debates.
The Thursday night debate did feature many great quotes from both sides. I will paraphrase five from each presidential candidate, starting with Joe Biden.
- “Any foreign power who interferes in our elections ‘will pay the price.’”
- “Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as President of the U.S.A.”
- “I never took any money from those people, not a cent.”
- “The character of our country is on the ballot.”
- “The oil industry pollutes. We will stop the subsidies and phase out oil over time.”
- “If Biden is elected, you will have a depression the likes of which you have never seen.”
- “I ran in 2016 because of you, Joe. Obama and you did a poor job.”
- “You’re a corrupt career politician. It’s all talk, no action.”
- “The Heroes Act bill is a bailout for governors of Democratic states.”
- “You will kill the oil industry. Texas, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma, are you listening?”
If you re-read their remarks you will see that Joe Biden’s first four statements are the typical comments you get from most politicians. Platitudes, rhetoric about what they would do, what they never did, or “our character.” No surprise from a career politician. But when it came to the fifth statement, he said what someone else told him to say. (The progressives or maybe a vice presidential candidate?) And it might cost him the election.
As a contrast, President Trump, definitely not a politician, is up front, open and honest, and his five remarks stated facts or potential outcomes. What you would expect from a businessman.
If you haven’t voted yet, be sure to exercise your right to vote. This election might be the most important vote in your lifetime!
Until next week.