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Just answer the questions

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Three weeks ago, this space was used to critique a Rick Perry ad that looks more like a movie trailer than a promotion for a politician.

In addition, it posed questions about the Texas Governor's spending record and claims of creating 1 million jobs in Texas. Those questions were meant to be asked face-to-face when Perry came to Spencer. That stop occurred Saturday, but Perry snubbed the massive amount of regional and national media, as he has reportedly done throughout his campaign.

In addition, judging mostly by body language, it seemed like the majority of individuals who asked him questions were not satisfied with his answers.

For example, Perry was not aware of President Barack Obama's executive order establishing a Council of Governors, he failed to say whether or not he would support an opt-out option for Social Security and was notably uncomfortable when asked how he could get voters on his side and remain electable as pundits like Joe Scarborough call him "the I-shot-a-coyote-in-the-face candidate."

When the hysteria died down, it seemed like many of the people in the room were disappointed.

Maybe I shouldn't speak for others, but I can definitely say that is how I was feeling.

Perry is not alone in his treatment of the media.

Rep. Ron Paul drew a crowd of more than 150 fans when he visited Spencer and did spend more time with them than Perry did, though he was much later. However, he also did not make time for the media, even though that contingent was about half the size of the group that met Perry.

He literally got back out of his car at one point to take more pictures, but still had no time for media questions.

Michele Bachmann allowed editor Randy Cauthron time to interview her privately in between a church service and a rally. Had that window not been available, she likely would not have had time for him, as has been the case at numerous other events.

Former businessman Herman Cain, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Rep.Thadeus McCotter -- who has since dropped out of the race -- all took time to answer media questions. Cain's staff actually called on their way to an Okoboji event and asked for time with the media.

Perhaps that openness is part of the reason why Cain is leading an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll with 27 percent.

People want someone who is not afraid to answer tough questions. Yes, everyday people can definitely ask those questions. For media personnel, especially those who follow candidates to numerous events, it is required.

If candidates really want to prove that they are who they say they are, they need to drop the charade and answer the tough questions, not schedule events in small venues and post security in the exit hallway so no one can get close.

Voters want candidates who are approachable.

It should come as no surprise that -- for the sake of educating voters in the best way possible -- members of media want, and deserve, the same thing.


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There's a reason his nickname is Scary Perry.

-- Posted by helped_myself on Wed, Oct 19, 2011, at 3:45 PM


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