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Questions I Would Ask the GOP Candidates

Wednesday night’s GOP primary debate in Milwaukee for the Republican candidates for the presidency will be more a Q&A session than a classic debate, but that’s OK. Viewers will have a chance to take the measure of the men – and woman – who wish to become president.

Each candidate brings something to the table, so imagine if we could create an AI candidate encompassing the gifts of each one. Probably for another day.

Debate hosts Martha MacCallum and Bret Baier don’t need my help, but here are some questions I would ask.

1. Everyone – Democrats and Republicans – talk about what the government should and should not do. What should be the responsibilities of citizens before turning to government?

Recall John F. Kennedy’s line. “Ask now what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”

2. With a $32 trillion national debt – and counting – how would you reduce it and even balance the budget as Bill Clinton did during his presidency, and how would you respond to the inevitable attacks by Democrats who want to cut nothing? Follow-up: What agencies or programs come to mind that could be eliminated because they are outdated, or don’t work

3. Social issues – from abortion, to LGBTQ-plus, to trans women competing in women’s sports. Are these things the federal government should address, or should it be left to local and state governments?

4. You all have said you are pro-life. There have been 62 million legal abortions in this country since Roe v. Wade. Women of color have the most abortions. Public opinion generally opposes abortion after 15 weeks. How would you influence  opinion toward your position, especially with the availability of an abortion pill that can be taken at home?

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