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kasmic
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10/29/2015 9:08:13 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
It seems universally accepted by everyone that CNBC did terrible last night at the Republican debate. The moderators where awful, and the questions horrendous. That stated, I was surprised how often questions just went entirely unanswered. For example, the first question of the debate was"

What is your greatest weakness and what are you doing to address it?

What kind of question is this" Is it poor yes, fluff of course. Should CNBC know better". Yes. However, I found it difficult to watch most everyone on the stage dodge the question. For example, Chris Christie said something like" " I don"t see weakness on this stage, but look at the Democratic stage." Well, done" side step and jab. Ben Carson says something like "my greatest weakness is that people had to prod me to run for president. " I mean, good grief. What kind of weakness is that. I would have appreciated hearing the candidates actually answer this question. Donald Trump tired" he said "I don"t forgive." Sure, I"ll buy that" that is a weakness but your greatest?

To be honest I felt like most of these Candidates missed an opportunity to connect with voters and be genuine. For example, I would have liked to hear Ben Carson say something like "It seems people pinpoint low energy as a weakness of mine. I"m not sure it really is, that stated, elect me as President I will get ".. and " done. It will not be said after a Carson Admin that I was low energy"."

I would have especially loved to hear Donald Trump say something like" " My greatest weakness" clearly that I am cocky, but you know what" Confidence is generally a good thing. As President I will surround my-self with competent and effective leaders that will allow this confidence to spread to the American people."

Before I get accosted, yes I understand that these answers and this question were not substantive, but the answers could have at least been real. They could have been better. Even from a purely PR perspective" they all did terrible.
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10/29/2015 9:57:18 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/29/2015 9:08:13 PM, kasmic wrote:
It seems universally accepted by everyone that CNBC did terrible last night at the Republican debate. The moderators where awful, and the questions horrendous. That stated, I was surprised how often questions just went entirely unanswered. For example, the first question of the debate was"

What is your greatest weakness and what are you doing to address it?

What kind of question is this" Is it poor yes, fluff of course. Should CNBC know better". Yes. However, I found it difficult to watch most everyone on the stage dodge the question. For example, Chris Christie said something like" " I don"t see weakness on this stage, but look at the Democratic stage." Well, done" side step and jab. Ben Carson says something like "my greatest weakness is that people had to prod me to run for president. " I mean, good grief. What kind of weakness is that. I would have appreciated hearing the candidates actually answer this question. Donald Trump tired" he said "I don"t forgive." Sure, I"ll buy that" that is a weakness but your greatest?

To be honest I felt like most of these Candidates missed an opportunity to connect with voters and be genuine. For example, I would have liked to hear Ben Carson say something like "It seems people pinpoint low energy as a weakness of mine. I"m not sure it really is, that stated, elect me as President I will get ".. and " done. It will not be said after a Carson Admin that I was low energy"."

I would have especially loved to hear Donald Trump say something like" " My greatest weakness" clearly that I am cocky, but you know what" Confidence is generally a good thing. As President I will surround my-self with competent and effective leaders that will allow this confidence to spread to the American people."

Before I get accosted, yes I understand that these answers and this question were not substantive, but the answers could have at least been real. They could have been better. Even from a purely PR perspective" they all did terrible.

Those would have been excellent answers. While it is a crap question, I agree each could have turned it to their advantage
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10/29/2015 10:30:56 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/29/2015 9:58:20 PM, TBR wrote:
I would like some conservatives to tell me what questions they would like have been asked

I agree, to those who are undecided Republicans, what questions would you have preferred to have asked?
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10/30/2015 12:44:27 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/29/2015 9:58:20 PM, TBR wrote:
I would like some conservatives to tell me what questions they would like have been asked

I would have liked if they would have spent more time on student loans and tuition rates for state universities since that's something myself and alot of other young people care about right now, as well maybe some questions about gun control, the bullying effects of political correctness, how they would give more power to the states, and maybe how they believe they could unite the country better since the country is so terribly divided right now over so many things.
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10/30/2015 7:44:58 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/29/2015 9:58:20 PM, TBR wrote:
I would like some conservatives to tell me what questions they would like have been asked

The whole issue with the debate was for ever single question the candidates were put on the defensive, which you would never see in a democrat debate. Now this was suppose to be a debate on the economy which of course it turned out not to be. The questions I would have liked to see is their stance on issues and policy. Specifically each candidates tax plan (While a few candidates were attacked on their plan they should have had an opportunity to present their plan rather than defend it, this of course is a failure of CNBC's clear liberal bias), most importantly a throughout plan to reduce debt/deficit (Donald Trump's "I'm a businessman and know economic" is not enough for me to install my trust in him with my vote, I would have liked to here about policy). We have $19 trillion and in none of the debates so far, Democrat and Republican alike, have addressed the most important issue facing our country. Their plans create jobs (once again Donald Trump's usual answer "I'm a businessman" is not a sufficient answer and specifics should have been asked of all candidates). I would have liked to hear more about their plan to lower college debt for students and destroy the idiotic idea of socialism. Their plan to handle health care and other government handouts. What they would do with education (I'm surprised CNBC didn't ask Bush about his stance on Common Core, which coming from a high school student, is an absolute disaster and has created far too much confusion in teachers)

Most importantly how bipartisan they are. NO candidate is right on every issue and it is important to note we have a country that is split on political ideas and it is important to seek a balance for the good of the American people. NOT your parties agenda.
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10/30/2015 10:27:00 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/29/2015 9:08:13 PM, kasmic wrote:
It seems universally accepted by everyone that CNBC did terrible last night at the Republican debate. The moderators where awful, and the questions horrendous. That stated, I was surprised how often questions just went entirely unanswered. For example, the first question of the debate was"

What is your greatest weakness and what are you doing to address it?

What kind of question is this" Is it poor yes, fluff of course. Should CNBC know better". Yes. However, I found it difficult to watch most everyone on the stage dodge the question. For example, Chris Christie said something like" " I don"t see weakness on this stage, but look at the Democratic stage." Well, done" side step and jab. Ben Carson says something like "my greatest weakness is that people had to prod me to run for president. " I mean, good grief. What kind of weakness is that. I would have appreciated hearing the candidates actually answer this question. Donald Trump tired" he said "I don"t forgive." Sure, I"ll buy that" that is a weakness but your greatest?

To be honest I felt like most of these Candidates missed an opportunity to connect with voters and be genuine. For example, I would have liked to hear Ben Carson say something like "It seems people pinpoint low energy as a weakness of mine. I"m not sure it really is, that stated, elect me as President I will get ".. and " done. It will not be said after a Carson Admin that I was low energy"."

I would have especially loved to hear Donald Trump say something like" " My greatest weakness" clearly that I am cocky, but you know what" Confidence is generally a good thing. As President I will surround my-self with competent and effective leaders that will allow this confidence to spread to the American people."

Before I get accosted, yes I understand that these answers and this question were not substantive, but the answers could have at least been real. They could have been better. Even from a purely PR perspective" they all did terrible.

Although this will sound like an "accosting" answer, I mean it in its most literal sense:

"Ask stupid, patronizing questions that do nothing but waste candidate's time; get a stupid, patronizing answer in return."

The moderators should have asked substantive questions, they should have prepared, they should have been prepared, they should have had regulations in place...the weeks they spent toiling over how create, word and ask questions with the pure intent of attacking the GOP candidates, if they would have taken just an hour of that time to do anything resembling professional presidential debate preparation or even professional journalism, that debate would have been much better.

That entire 2 hours was a pure waste of time, and CNBC spitting in the faces of ever American voter prepping for voting time.
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10/30/2015 12:48:31 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/29/2015 9:08:13 PM, kasmic wrote:
It seems universally accepted by everyone that CNBC did terrible last night at the Republican debate. The moderators where awful, and the questions horrendous. That stated, I was surprised how often questions just went entirely unanswered. For example, the first question of the debate was"

What is your greatest weakness and what are you doing to address it?

The question shouldn't have answered. It was a stupid question, asked for stupid reasons, and the moderators at CNBC are utterly worthless.

I mean, there is a way to be a snide, sneaky biased member of the liberal media... and they totally failed.
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10/30/2015 1:20:26 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
I'm really surprised that everyone's picking on the "what's your greatest weakness and what are you doing to address it" question. That's a great question. Probably one of the best they asked. When you're being interviewed for a job and they ask that, do you stand up and say that's a stupid question? No! Of course not. That's because it's an intelligent and thought provoking question that, if answered correctly, demonstrates self-awareness, the ability to understand criticism, and the drive to better oneself.
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10/30/2015 1:29:59 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/30/2015 1:20:26 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
I'm really surprised that everyone's picking on the "what's your greatest weakness and what are you doing to address it" question. That's a great question. Probably one of the best they asked. When you're being interviewed for a job and they ask that, do you stand up and say that's a stupid question? No! Of course not. That's because it's an intelligent and thought provoking question that, if answered correctly, demonstrates self-awareness, the ability to understand criticism, and the drive to better oneself.

Am I the only one who didn't watch this debate?

Oh yeah, on that question. It's asked at practically every job interview, and they're interviewing for a job in front of the American people. I see no problem with it. I believe real leaders should be able to admit and recognize their weaknesses.
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10/30/2015 1:31:51 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/29/2015 9:58:20 PM, TBR wrote:
I would like some conservatives to tell me what questions they would like have been asked

What are your foreign policy intiatives? And I'd like each candidate to have 3 or 4 hours to answer it.
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10/30/2015 1:34:24 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/30/2015 12:48:31 PM, YYW wrote:
At 10/29/2015 9:08:13 PM, kasmic wrote:
It seems universally accepted by everyone that CNBC did terrible last night at the Republican debate. The moderators where awful, and the questions horrendous. That stated, I was surprised how often questions just went entirely unanswered. For example, the first question of the debate was"

What is your greatest weakness and what are you doing to address it?

The question shouldn't have answered. It was a stupid question, asked for stupid reasons, and the moderators at CNBC are utterly worthless.

I mean, there is a way to be a snide, sneaky biased member of the liberal media... and they totally failed.

I haven't watched the debate, but why is this question unfair, when it's literally asked at just about every single job interview, and these people are essentially interviewing in front of the American people for a job right now.
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10/30/2015 1:39:37 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/29/2015 9:08:13 PM, kasmic wrote:
It seems universally accepted by everyone that CNBC did terrible last night at the Republican debate. The moderators where awful, and the questions horrendous. That stated, I was surprised how often questions just went entirely unanswered. For example, the first question of the debate was"

What is your greatest weakness and what are you doing to address it?

What kind of question is this" Is it poor yes, fluff of course. Should CNBC know better". Yes. However, I found it difficult to watch most everyone on the stage dodge the question. For example, Chris Christie said something like" " I don"t see weakness on this stage, but look at the Democratic stage." Well, done" side step and jab. Ben Carson says something like "my greatest weakness is that people had to prod me to run for president. " I mean, good grief. What kind of weakness is that. I would have appreciated hearing the candidates actually answer this question. Donald Trump tired" he said "I don"t forgive." Sure, I"ll buy that" that is a weakness but your greatest?

To be honest I felt like most of these Candidates missed an opportunity to connect with voters and be genuine. For example, I would have liked to hear Ben Carson say something like "It seems people pinpoint low energy as a weakness of mine. I"m not sure it really is, that stated, elect me as President I will get ".. and " done. It will not be said after a Carson Admin that I was low energy"."

I would have especially loved to hear Donald Trump say something like" " My greatest weakness" clearly that I am cocky, but you know what" Confidence is generally a good thing. As President I will surround my-self with competent and effective leaders that will allow this confidence to spread to the American people."

Before I get accosted, yes I understand that these answers and this question were not substantive, but the answers could have at least been real. They could have been better. Even from a purely PR perspective" they all did terrible.

Completely agreed. I thought the very same thing.
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10/30/2015 3:11:31 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/29/2015 9:58:20 PM, TBR wrote:
I would like some conservatives to tell me what questions they would like have been asked

When did you stop beating your wife?
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10/30/2015 5:32:56 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/29/2015 10:30:56 PM, kasmic wrote:
At 10/29/2015 9:58:20 PM, TBR wrote:
I would like some conservatives to tell me what questions they would like have been asked

I agree, to those who are undecided Republicans, what questions would you have preferred to have asked?

Policy questions. Obviously, like you said, they could have done better with what was provided, but I think the questions lacked the content to render a decision. A few topics which would have been nice:
- Free college
- Tax code (without spewing 3-page promise)
- Wages (raise the MW?)
- Immigration reform (without attacking Trump for being racist, but actual questions about immigration)
- Gun control
- Universal health care

Most of these topics are controversial, and it would be refreshing to see the GOP actually respond to these and show their propositions regarding them, and point out potential flaws with the democratic views. If they can't show me why the dems are wrong, why should I support them? I find it really sad that *every* GOP debate to date has been slanted by the media. It renders substantive questions nearly impossible. I liked the way Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio responded to this, as it was very important to show the frustration shared by GOP voters/supporters.
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10/30/2015 9:06:29 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/30/2015 5:32:56 PM, ColeTrain wrote:
At 10/29/2015 10:30:56 PM, kasmic wrote:
At 10/29/2015 9:58:20 PM, TBR wrote:
I would like some conservatives to tell me what questions they would like have been asked

I agree, to those who are undecided Republicans, what questions would you have preferred to have asked?

Policy questions. Obviously, like you said, they could have done better with what was provided, but I think the questions lacked the content to render a decision. A few topics which would have been nice:
- Free college
- Tax code (without spewing 3-page promise)
- Wages (raise the MW?)
- Immigration reform (without attacking Trump for being racist, but actual questions about immigration)
- Gun control
- Universal health care

Most of these topics are controversial, and it would be refreshing to see the GOP actually respond to these and show their propositions regarding them, and point out potential flaws with the democratic views. If they can't show me why the dems are wrong, why should I support them? I find it really sad that *every* GOP debate to date has been slanted by the media. It renders substantive questions nearly impossible. I liked the way Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio responded to this, as it was very important to show the frustration shared by GOP voters/supporters.

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10/30/2015 10:43:10 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/30/2015 9:06:29 PM, kasmic wrote:
At 10/30/2015 5:32:56 PM, ColeTrain wrote:
At 10/29/2015 10:30:56 PM, kasmic wrote:
At 10/29/2015 9:58:20 PM, TBR wrote:
I would like some conservatives to tell me what questions they would like have been asked

I agree, to those who are undecided Republicans, what questions would you have preferred to have asked?

Policy questions. Obviously, like you said, they could have done better with what was provided, but I think the questions lacked the content to render a decision. A few topics which would have been nice:
- Free college
- Tax code (without spewing 3-page promise)
- Wages (raise the MW?)
- Immigration reform (without attacking Trump for being racist, but actual questions about immigration)
- Gun control
- Universal health care

Most of these topics are controversial, and it would be refreshing to see the GOP actually respond to these and show their propositions regarding them, and point out potential flaws with the democratic views. If they can't show me why the dems are wrong, why should I support them? I find it really sad that *every* GOP debate to date has been slanted by the media. It renders substantive questions nearly impossible. I liked the way Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio responded to this, as it was very important to show the frustration shared by GOP voters/supporters.

https://www.youtube.com...

I know you're the one on the right (lol, in the video and but not in political ideology... man, that's hilarious), but is the guy on the left from DDO? Good video, by the way. Like I mentioned, though, none of the questions really could have solidified a candidate. While the candidates could have done more with what they were given, it was severely lacking of what it could have been.
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10/30/2015 10:54:47 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/30/2015 10:43:10 PM, ColeTrain wrote:
At 10/30/2015 9:06:29 PM, kasmic wrote:
At 10/30/2015 5:32:56 PM, ColeTrain wrote:
At 10/29/2015 10:30:56 PM, kasmic wrote:
At 10/29/2015 9:58:20 PM, TBR wrote:
I would like some conservatives to tell me what questions they would like have been asked

I agree, to those who are undecided Republicans, what questions would you have preferred to have asked?

Policy questions. Obviously, like you said, they could have done better with what was provided, but I think the questions lacked the content to render a decision. A few topics which would have been nice:
- Free college
- Tax code (without spewing 3-page promise)
- Wages (raise the MW?)
- Immigration reform (without attacking Trump for being racist, but actual questions about immigration)
- Gun control
- Universal health care

Most of these topics are controversial, and it would be refreshing to see the GOP actually respond to these and show their propositions regarding them, and point out potential flaws with the democratic views. If they can't show me why the dems are wrong, why should I support them? I find it really sad that *every* GOP debate to date has been slanted by the media. It renders substantive questions nearly impossible. I liked the way Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio responded to this, as it was very important to show the frustration shared by GOP voters/supporters.

https://www.youtube.com...

I know you're the one on the right (lol, in the video and but not in political ideology... man, that's hilarious), but is the guy on the left from DDO? Good video, by the way. Like I mentioned, though, none of the questions really could have solidified a candidate. While the candidates could have done more with what they were given, it was severely lacking of what it could have been.

Lol... I did not realize I was sitting on the right representing the left haha! Thanks for watching. I agree, there could have been much better questions.

The other guy in the video is not on DDO, maybe I could get him on...
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10/30/2015 10:56:09 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/30/2015 10:54:47 PM, kasmic wrote:
Lol... I did not realize I was sitting on the right representing the left haha!

Hey, it was funny to me, so I don't mind. ;P

Thanks for watching. I agree, there could have been much better questions.

+1

The other guy in the video is not on DDO, maybe I could get him on...

Okay, I was just wondering. :)
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