Gore/Clark/Hagel/Gingrich/Thompson - Debate?

I want to be the first to propose that Al Gore, Wes Clark, Newt Gingrich, Chuck Hagel & Fred Thompson have a Maybe Presidential Debate.  An ideal moderator would be Mario Cuomo who spent most of 1988 and 1992 deciding on a presidential candidacy which never made it off the runway of an airport tarmac in Albany.  Heck, maybe Cuomo is considering a run.  Anybody but Fox "News" or Fox's print inspiration, the Washington Times, should run the debate.

Of course I'm being sarcastic but actually it would be a great debate, probably better than we will see from any of the announced candidates.  I also have no doubt that any of those possible candidates would be more interesting as a maybe candidate than as a real candidate.

Its been ages -- at least 5 years since they used to do it occasionally on PBS -- that there has been a real debate on TV or anywhere else that I can think of besides some college late at night on C-SPAN.  I'm not counting the joint appearences that we will all be subjected to as a part of the election cycle.  In such joint appearences the only thing that counts is what they don't say which is usually a lot.  "Debates" among the candidates today are really collective gaffe watches -- the only real question is will somebody say something really, really stupid.

Sarcastic or not a Gore/Clark/Gingrich/Hegal/Thompson debate would be worth watching and stranger things have happened.  They could have it in a non-early primary/caucus state.  A real debate between, say, Clark & Gore on one side & Hagel & Gingrich on the other would sure beat a wasted evening with Chris Matthews or Wolf Blitzer.  Why not?

Tags: Al Gore, Chuck Hagel, Debate, Fox, Fred Thompson, Mario Cuomo, newt gingrich, Wesley Clark (all tags)

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Re: Gore/Clark/Hagel/Gingrich/Thompson - Debate?

It actually would be a good idea, perhaps even as some type of fundraiser for some charity.

by robliberal 2007-03-12 08:19AM | 0 recs
Re: Gore/Clark/Hagel/Gingrich/Thompson - Debate?

Ditto.  It would be great fun and they could raise some green for conservation groups. Gore must be a pretty busy guy with all the stuff on his plate, but I bet he'd do it. He sure was a hoot at the Oscars.

by misscee 2007-03-12 08:48AM | 0 recs

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