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  •  Agree.. this only leads to further badgering.. (2+ / 0-)
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    dinotrac, PSzymeczek

    It's like the old "Senator - Have you stopped beating your wife? A simple yes, or no answer will do." question.

    Personally, if I were Cruz I would have stood up and said "This interview is over, since you apparently are not prepared with any serious questions."

    And, I think politicians of all stripes should do the same.This gotcha journalism has to stop.

    •  That was "gotcha" journalism? no.. (1+ / 0-)
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      Ahianne

      I'm a constituent of Cruz and frankly, I would like to hear his answer to that question.

      "one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress" -- John Adams

      by blue armadillo on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:40:21 AM PDT

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    •  Not a loaded question (2+ / 0-)
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      Clem Yeobright, Ahianne

      No, this wasn't a loaded question at all.  The question "Have you stopped beating your wife?" presumes that you at one time did beat your wife if you answer it with a straight "yes" or "no".  Cruz was asked a straight question that didn't presuppose his guilt.  He could have simply said no, for example.

      Also look at the interview and the context of it.  The interviewer asked this question to Cruz before the one quoted in this article:

      Q. You were compared to McCarthy by several people – a lot of pundits, a lot of writers, several senators. How did that make you feel? Were you surprised by that? And what is your response to that?
      Cruz basically answered that people were attacking him for standing up for his conservative principles, but didn't really touch on the comparision to McCarthy at all.  (Which seems like a dodge), so the interviewer asked the follow up question, which was more to the point:
      Q. Is McCarthy someone you admire?
      Honestly, I don't get the problem with this.  I want reporters and journalists to ask politicians questions that they don't want to answer, especially ones that are related to political policies rather than their personal lives.
    •  The answer to the question is... (0+ / 0-)

      ..."I have never beaten my wife, nor will I."  And then go on to talk about why abuse of women is wrong, why it is a problem, and what you intend to do to help stop it.

      You take a loaded question and you use it to show that you actually stand for something good.  Unless, of course, you don't stand for something good.

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