Ladies and Gentlemen,
As FOX and CNN have proven by their deliberate dilution of substantive “debate” time for each candidate by overflowing the stage with egoists without a snowballs chance in hell, NETWORKS should have NOTHING to do with politician’s debates! Other than to cover them AFTER-the-fact, of course.
These wanna-be leaders should be sitting, without advisers or audience, in a banquet hall. Fully catered, as they can stay until they are talked out. A bowl on table with cards inside, each one having a different issue written on it.
The candidates pull a card, and then each gets to speak for as long as they like on the subject. Question each other at will, until subject exhausted. All satisfied the issue has been properly addressed.
They can stay for hours. Plan the day. Make sure they get to say everything they want, uninterrupted by moderators.
Have video cameras set up all over room, and three roving cameras…Start taping when they sit down, stop when done!
Put the whole, raw video on internet, 24 hours a day, for all Americans to watch. Do same thing every 3 months with remaining candidates.
THAT would give us actual picture of these people.
Banquet hall, fine catering and all day shooting, could do about 6 of them for less than $30,000, (not each, but ALL)! Each candidate could put in $2,000 to start, and give the change to charity! Chump change for total access and control over their message, no time restrictions, no set-up gotcha questions from biased journalists, (who make a fortune in advertising off conflict they cause!), and get to be seen in real life, comfortable conditions. Not being pushed to explode by some idiot journalist trying to make themselves important! Get a chimp to pull the card from the bowl, better moderator than we’ve had!