Thursday, August 11, 2011

What we need to see and hear in the Iowa debate

For those of you that haven't been keeping up, there is a Republican debate in Iowa tonight. It will be shown on the Fox News Channel beginning at 9pm ET.

Unfortunately, there is also an NFL game on ESPN tonight - the first pre-season game of the year. I'll watch the game and get highlights of the debate later. - Reggie

As President Downgrade proceeds with his fundraising, fiestas and blame game, GOP presidential candidates will take the stage tonight at the Fox News Iowa debate. At this critical point in our country’s history, it’s time to toss out the platitudes and talking points. GOP contenders, here is what Americans need to see and hear from you tonight:

SPECIFICS. Enough is enough with vague, ambiguous retorts. It’s not enough to point out what’s wrong. We want to know how you would help make it right. We want particulars. We want details. We want solutions. And we want them now.

BOLDNESS. It’s no time for wimps. Stand tall and stand for something. Americans are hungry for fearlessness, for someone who is unafraid to make tough decisions to protect American exceptionalism. If you can’t be counted on to speak your mind boldly, how can we expect you to lead boldly?

HONESTY. Americans aren’t stupid. And we’re looking for authenticity, not pre-programmed, phony, D.C.-manufactured rhetoric. If you speak from the heart, we’ll know it. If you don’t, we’ll know that too.

ACCOUNTABILITY. Own up to the governing and/or legislative decisions you’ve made. If you stand by your choices, tell us why. If you made a mistake, have enough guts to admit it. And, perhaps most importantly, hold each other accountable for any do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do nonsense. Americans have no time for deceit and business as usual. We’ll be watching for those who are willing to call out discrepancies between records and rhetoric.

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