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  •  I don't think that is a good question (1+ / 0-)
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    to ask during a debate.  And if it is only asked of McCain it will garner sympathy for him. It will look like he is being picked on.    Perhaps there should be a question about how much of a candidate's personal life should be off limits to the public.  Keep it more generic and let the candidates answer as they will.  

    I don't think McCain has been going around saying what a glorious marriage he has--although he has implied that his wife looks good in a bathing suit, which is of course in the eye of the beholder, and no thank you to that.

    The Obamas as well are not out there selling their marriage as the most glorious thing since whipped cream.  As a matter of fact Michelle has gone out of her way to say that Obama is all too human.

    I think the thing about the Edwards's is that they made such a big deal about their marriage--personally I think that was all Elizabeth. She was out their telling the world how wonderful their marriage was (always a bad sign in my opinion).

    So no, I don't think candidates should be asked personal questions about their marriages during a debate.  When Michael Dukakis was asked if he would favor the death penalty if his wife was raped and murdered, I thought that was an unfair question--I wish he had just said: that is a disgusting question!

    •  The "Let's Bitch-Slap the Democrats" question: (1+ / 0-)
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      Moderator:  In August, Democrat and former Presidential Candidate John Edwards finally confessed that he had been unfaithful to his wife.  Senator Obama and Senator McCain, what do you draw the line at as far as the public's knowledge of your personal life?

      Senator Obama: In my experience good reporters don't ask those qestions. Usually they have the time. They are far more concerned about serious issues like healthcare, the mortagage crisis, and the War in Iraq. But as former First Lady Barbara Bush famously counseled her daughter-in-law, 'Not all questions merit an answer'.

      Senator McCain:  My friends, I'll have what he's having, he-he.

      Possum for Congress Make Peace Possible. Jerry Northington.

      by llbear on Sat Aug 09, 2008 at 06:47:18 PM PDT

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    •  And I thought Elizabeth was saying her husband (0+ / 0-)

      was a good man.

      That's what I'm remembering now.

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