To the Editor: How to give equal time to 20+ candidates in a national debate? The current format rewards one liners over any substantive discussion on issues. With typical estimates of adult attention span ranging from 10 to 20 minutes you better be up first. The DNC needs to show it can run a clean, transparent process without insider influence.
I would like to suggest the NH Bluebook exam. The idea is to have all the candidates show up at UNH and write down who they are, their vision and how they address issues. Pencils and bluebook provided and the test will be monitored, but not scored.
The test should be three parts. Section one, three questions on who you are, what you intend to accomplish and how we do it. Section two, five questions on solving the country’s problems as submitted by the voters. Section three, 10 multiple choice questions from a 1958 junior high civics test assuring us the candidates know how the job works.
After 90 minutes the books are collected, scanned and published unaltered in the Union Leader. Substantive information, rather than sound bites. All of the candidates should have had experience with bluebooks in college. It would only cost a couple of bucks, and we would know what the candidates think, not their PR advisers. Never happen.