Before the first hour is even over, the economics issues have fallen by the wayside in the Republican presidential debate in Dearborn, Mich. What’s all this discussion of Iraq and executive authority to initiate military conflict? We’ve heard about those issues at every single debate. Why couldn’t they spend two full hours on trade, taxes and education?
Here’s the news release promoting the debate:
“This debate will focus on issues that are at the heart of every Presidential election, namely the economy, taxes, fiscal discipline and government regulation,” said Mark Hoffman, CNBC President. “This will mark the first time in the 2008 presidential campaign that all declared Republican candidates will be asked to provide voters with specific plans for the American economy and American workers in an increasingly global marketplace.”
“The economy is a core area of our broad campaign coverage, so we’re happy to play a part in focusing the campaign debate there,” said Alan Murray, executive editor for online edition of The Wall Street Journal and former Washington bureau chief who also is in charge the Journal’s partnership with CNBC. “Our sponsorship of a similar debate for Democratic presidential candidates in 2004 was instrumental in framing the debate, and we’re happy to be able to play that role again.”
What a gyp. It must be Chris Matthews’ fault.
P.S. More Matthews: How do we police the Internet culturally?
UPDATE Jim Geraghty does a nice job of blogging the highlights.
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