Life in Progress: A weblog by Heidi Price
9/6/2006

Debate

On Sunday morning after breakfast, we sat down to watch Rick Santorum and Bob Casey in their first debate. Or I should say we watched them spend the better part of an hour interrupting, maligning and insulting each other on NBC's Meet the Press. The two men are running for a seat in the U.S. Senate and instead of simply answering moderator Tim Russert's questions about Social Security, the deficit and Iraq, as political candidates are wont to do, they tried to answer the questions while at the same time discredit one another.

I couldn't help but think back to a conversation we'd had a few weeks back. We were talking politics and a book I had just read by David Rakoff, called Don't Get Too Comfortable. In it, Rakoff goes off on a rant about former first lady Barbara Bush. He told me that he despises personal attacks. Once any conversation, debate or argument turns personal, he turns away from it.

He tells me a candidate would win his vote if they would just say something to the effect of "Listen. My opponent is a really great person. I can't say a single bad thing about him or her. But here is why you should vote for me. Here is what I am going to do for you."

I've never met such a candidate. If I did, he or she would have my vote too.

2 Comments:

Monique Ringling said...

Mine too!

11:29 AM  
Paul said...

You're right, Heidi -- that would be refreshing. If more Americans got even a little more involved in the political process -- and more of them ran for office -- perhaps we'd have some candidates with the character and positive sense of self to do that.

10:11 PM  

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