What They Should Be Asked

You know the kind of questions I wish moderators would ask candidates at town halls and debates? Some practical things that show how much the candidate actually knows about our country and the world. Such as:

  • What is the population of the US? Of the world?
  • How many people immigrate to the US each year?
  • What is the median income of US households?
  • What is the GDP, and how does that compare to the GDP of 2 or 10 years ago? How does it compare to that of China/Mexico/(country)?
  • Who is the current president of the UN?
  • Who is the president/prime minister/etc. of (country)?
  • Show world map with one random country highlighted:
  • What country is this, and what countries border it?
  • Is this country an ally?
  • What is our greatest import and export with this country, and how much per year is each?

Personally, I think anyone wanting to run the largest economy and (arguably) greatest power in the world should be able to easily answer this kind of question.

One more wish: turn off the mic of every candidate who’s not supposed to be talking.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Very good point! MIght knock out a fair number of people right off and/or force them to really understand exactly what they’re talking about and what’s at stake.


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