Polls and debates

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The polls and the GOP debates are useless. They do not help the voters to make a wise choice. The only thing the polls tell us is that the voters are undecided because they don’t like their choices and because they lack the information on which to base a decision. There are too many debates and they tell us little or nothing. The media treats the polls as a horse race and the debates as boxing matches. We could as easily place the candidates in a fighting cage and select the victor as the candidate. That would only tell us who is the physically fittest, not who is qualified to be president.

I would replace the debates with TV programs in which the candidates respond in writing to written, pertinent questions. The candidates need not be on the program in person, only their brief answers which could be compared on the air to the answers supplied by all the others. Voters could study the answers later at their leisure on-line. I would require that the answers be brief and not refer to the other candidates. In many cases, answers could be limited to three choices: yes, no or declined to answer.

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