The debate formats this fall haven’t won raves from some of the candidates – Newt Gingrich being the most vocal among them – and now Michele Bachmann is adding her thumbs-down review, POLITICO‘s Reid Epstein reports.
Appearing on Simon Conway’s WHO radio show in Des Moines, Bachmann said debate moderators are showmen “more interested in television” than issues.
“You have to take a look at the moderators of these debates, and what is it that they are asking and what are the questions,” Bachmann said in response to Conway telling her he was disappointed in her performance during Thursday’s debate in Orlando. “We get in trouble if we don’t answer the questions that they ask us. We don’t control the questions, the moderators do, and they’re more interested in television than they are what the people care about.”
Bachmann said she’d be for radically changing the debate format:
I would love to see a different process at the debates. For one thing, all of the candidates don’t get to answer all of the question and the time limits that we have, its very difficult to do. … It would be great if we could get sit-down interviews for 20 minutes or a half-hour so that we can have the same questions and we each answer those questions to the moderator.
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