On October 28, 2015, the second GOP (Grand Ole Party or Republican) debate was conducted in the state of Colorado and broadcast over CABLE television ONLY. Meaning, if you did not have/pay for cable television, you could not view the presidential debate. The presidential debates are administered by the two national political parties in the United States: the Democratic party and the Republican party. If an independent candidate wishes to participate in the presidential debates, he/she must choose to run either with the Democrats or Republications in order to participate in their parties’ major debates. Currently, Senator Bernie Sanders who considers himself an Independent, is participating in the Democratic debate races for President of the United States.
I, for one, and I am sure many other Americans, would have liked to view the Republican presidential debate last night. We just did not have ACCESS! Some websites suggested visiting a friend or neighbor who has cable or finding a friendly bar that would choose to tune into the debate vs. a sports game somewhere on earth. I guess watching the debates with captions turned on would have sufficed me but not the cigarette smoke or the other loud televisions blasting away around the bar area.
The Republican candidates are many at this point in the Presidential Race. There are 15 “hopefuls” at this point in the race according to The New York Times. I believe ten of them were on-stage last night at the debate. I was able to grab an appetizer of the debate by watching a blog on MarketWatch.com.
Yes, it’s very early in the campaign season and the Republicans have a bevy of candidates chomping at the bit to be the Republican nominee to run for the Presidency of the United States, but I for one, and again think many others, are interested in just what’s going on. Candidates will drop out along the way to next year’s “Preakness” race but issues, views, opinions, observations, and current events happening about the debates and “the race” will help everyone to sort out individual opinions and decisions hopefully on whom he/she will finally vote.
This event was not a “publicly” sponsored event; no government money (that I’m aware of) was spent to host or mange the debate. It was privately funded by all the PAC money collected by the Republican party through individual and corporation donations (thanks to Citizens United decision). Here’s an article in U.S. News & World Report about the court’s decision five years after the decision. U. S. News & World Report
Are situations like this creating a “third world” atmosphere here in the United States? You be the judge, I am. As “Deep Throat” said in the motion picture All the President’s Men, “Follow the money.”