In preparation for the first presidential debate this evening we’re beginning to see suggested questions for each of the candidates. USA Today proposes five questions for President Obama and five for Gov. Romney.
The Washington Examiner proposes seven questions for the candidates including this surprisingly tough question for Gov. Romney:
You have said you will not cut defense spending, nor Medicare, nor Social Security benefits for those within 10 years of enrolling. These promises, combined with interest payments on the national debt, would place about 70 percent of the federal budget off limits for cuts by the end of the decade. How can you then promise to balance the budget by 2020, given that you have also promised not to raise taxes?
Presumably, his answer will boil down to “economic growth” which would need to take place at a really unrealistic pace to accomplish the objective.
This evening’s topic is the economy. What single question would you ask each of the candidates?
I think the Examiner’s question to Gov. Romney is pretty darned good. Another good one might be to ask him what he would propose that was different from the things that President Bush proposed.
The question I would ask President Obama would probably be about the long-term unemployed.