Tuesday’s first presidential debate is the most anticipated media event of a presidential campaign that has often been overtaken by the pandemic, race riots, and other issues.
Few would reasonably argue with the fact that through it all the liberal press have given Joe Biden a pass. He’s been allowed to avoid press conferences, interviews and the daily, near constant access reporters traditionally have to a presidential candidate at this point in the process.
The first presidential debate historically draws the highest ratings and in this age of early voting with likely voter polls showing a very tight race, Tuesday could be a pivotal performance for both candidates.
Like his style or not, President Donald Trump has subjected himself to more questions from the liberal media than any other president in history. Despite knowing that every time he participates in a press conference, stand-up, extended interview, or town hall event, it will be openly hostile, filled with "gotcha" questions, or stacked with Democrats, he’s willing to take the battering.
Joe Biden’s handlers have taken another strategy.
Mostly from the former vice-president's basement, he’s done a few friendly interviews with sympathetic outlets – and let’s not forget Cardi-B. The questions are largely tepid and focused not on his 47-year record, flip flops or agenda. Like an attorney leading a friendly witness on the stand to attack a defendant, the reporters have focused far more on helping Biden hit President Trump, in those rare moments when the teleprompter is off.
The time for "What’s your favorite color?" is over.
Hopefully Tuesday will be a fairer and more balanced approach with Chris Wallace moderating. Wallace doesn’t appear to be any fan of the president, but his requests to the Biden campaign for an interview have repeatedly been rebuffed.
Trump sat with Wallace for an hour over the summer. Now that he finally has the chance, here are a dozen questions he should ask the former vice president.
1.) In 2008, Democrats claimed that there were between 20 and 30 million uninsured in America. It was the reason Obamacare was passed. Costs ultimately went up an average of 43% during the Obama administration. The claims of being able to keep your plan and your doctor also proved to be false. Nancy Pelosi said last year we still have 30 million uninsured. Why should Americans trust you with their healthcare?
2.) Do you support efforts by other leaders in your party to pack the Supreme Court by increasing the number of justices next year?
3.) President Trump has twice released the names of dozens of candidates for the Supreme Court to give voters a chance to see the type of justices he would nominate. Why won’t you do the same thing?
4.) Why would you request the unmasking of Gen. Michael Flynn less than a week before leaving office?
5.) Small businesses account for the vast majority of all job creation in the United States. Your tax plan would raise taxes on those small businesses. Many experts believe that would stunt job growth. Can you explain how raising taxes on small business will be a benefit to the economy?
6.) You were in charge of the Obama administration’s policy in China, Ukraine and other countries. Why shouldn’t your son Hunter’s extensive business dealings in Russia, China and Ukraine be considered inappropriate or a conflict of interest?
7.) Why haven’t you mentioned domestic terror group ANTIFA in any of your public statements?
8.) What is your message to people who live in states that rely heavily on the oil and gas industry regarding your support for the Green New Deal?
9.) Tens of thousands of seniors who died from COVID-19 were in four states who opted to force nursing homes to take coronavirus patients. They include New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania. All of those states have Democratic governors. You never criticized them for that practice even after it became apparent it was costing lives. Why haven’t you done that and will you do so now?
10.) You have announced your opposition to charter schools, which benefit mostly lower-income minority students across the country — a change from your previous position. Why did you flip-flop on that and how would you improve public education for inner city minority communities?
11.) Do you believe that business and property owners in cities where local officials allowed rioting should have the ability to sue municipalities for damages, lost income and lost value?
12.) Why do you believe that taxpayers should pay for abortions, including having that money be used for foreign abortions?
Tom Basile is the host of ‘America Right Now’ on Newsmax Television, Saturday’s from 12pm - 3pm eastern. Basile has been part of the American political landscape from Presidential campaigns to local politics for more than two decades. He has served in government at the local, state and federal level including in the administration of George W. Bush in various capacities. He was an advisor to the provisional government in Iraq from 2003-04. From 2009-2011 he was the Executive Director of the New York State Republican Party. A columnist, commentator and former radio how, his new book "Let it Sink In: The Decade of Obama and Trump" provides a look back at the 2010s to prepare Americans to defend freedom in the 2020s. His critically-acclaimed book, "Tough Sell: Fighting the Media War in Iraq,” chronicled his time in Baghdad fighting media bias and driving coverage of the Iraq war. In 2011, he was featured in Time Magazine's Person of the Year spread about political activism around the world. Basile is an adjunct professor at Fordham University and runs a New York-based strategic communications firm. He is a member of the New York Bar and sits on a number of academic and philanthropic advisory boards. Learn more about him at TomBasile.com or follow him on Twitter @Tom_Basile. Read Tom Basile's Reports — More Here.
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