Add Daniel Henninger to the list of conservatives offering up new ideas to get the most out of the upcoming GOP presidential debates.
With as many as 19 Republicans possibly running for president, “something more is needed this time” than just a one-size-fits-all gabfest.
“In addition to the traditional debates, the candidates or their supporters should underwrite a series of smaller debates/conversations,” writes Henninger. “Divide the 19 into groups of four or five candidates, randomly selected. Pick the issues, and go at it. Give voters a chance to see who these mostly interesting people are and how their minds work outside the confines of a 60-second timer.”
In my column this week I lay out a proposal to randomly assign candidates into debating pairs so debaters can…[more]
Carly Fiorina is articulate, thoughtful and accomplished. For those who keep track of such things, she was the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 business, and she ran a credible, if unsuccessful, campaign for a U.S. senate seat from California. In the early going of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, she is receiving enthusiastic responses from Republican audiences.
Though I've long been skeptical of non-politicians running for president of the United States, I'm open to the possibility that she has what it takes -- but only if the premise is that she is offering something besides…
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