What’s It Like To Debate Sarah Palin – A Firsthand Account

Posted: September 30, 2008 in Lesbian
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According to Wikipedia Andrew Halco is a politician from from Anchorage, Alaska.   He is formerly a Republican member of the Alaska Legislature and he ran for Governor of Alaska as an Independent candidate in the 2006 election, running third with 9.46% of the vote.  

Former lawmaker and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Halco (Kris Riley/KTUU-TV)

He’s also very critical of Sarah Palin.   If you want to read some of his stuff Halcro has a blog.  However, at one time Halco wanted Palin to be his Lt Gov running mate.   Leading nother Alaskan blogger, Tom Lamb, to ask the question, “Why is it that Andrew Halcro who is so critical of Palin, wanted to be on the same ticket with her?” 

Halcro’s answer: . . .  

because I believed Sarah Palin had the qualifications to be a terrific Lt. Governor. And watching her struggle to give coherent answers on the national stage, I believe more today than ever before she has the qualifications to be a terrific Lt. Governor.

Halco now has an article on the Christian Science Monitor telling us what we already knew about debating Sarah Palin.    “She’s a master of the nonanswer.”

Here are a few quotes from the article:

“I’ve debated Governor Palin more than two dozen times. And she’s a master, not of facts, figures, or insightful policy recommendations, but at the fine art of the nonanswer, the glittering generality. Against such charms there is little Senator Biden, or anyone, can do.”

On April 18, 2006, Palin and I sat together in a hotel coffee shop comparing campaign trail notes. As we talked about the debates, Palin made a comment that highlights the phenomenon that Biden is up against.

“Andrew, I watch you at these debates with no notes, no papers, and yet when asked questions, you spout off facts, figures, and policies, and I’m amazed. But then I look out into the audience and I ask myself, ‘Does any of this really matter?’ ” Palin said.

Gwin Ifel will be the moderator for the Palin / Biden Debate.  

“You do your best to get candidates to answer your question. But I also trust the viewers to understand when questions are not answered and reach their own conclusions,” Ifill told BlackAmericaWeb.com. “Four years ago, when neither John Edwards nor Dick Cheney proved capable of answering a question about the domestic epidemic of AIDS among African-American women, viewers flooded me with reaction. They got what that meant.”

More from the Associated Press article:

The biggest pressure you have as a journalist ever is to make sure you get an answer to your question,” said Ifill, whose crowded resume includes The New York Times, The Washington Post and NBC News. “That’s what I’m focusing on — how to ask questions that elicit answers instead of spin, or in this case to elicit engagement between the two.”

In the same interview Ifel pointed out that sometimes forget that she’s moderating a debate, not an inquisition.

“People who watch these debates are incredibly engaged,” she said. “I don’t have to chase the candidates around the table to make them answer questions. The people will know whether a question has been answered or not.”

Well, let’s hope that the moderate independent’s will know.

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