Following the CNBC GOP debate debacle, the candidates decided “enough is enough.” So they drafted a letter to future debate sponsors.
Monday night, Megyn Kelly mocked the letter with a single question:
“And then maybe like a foot massage?”
Why would she go there, you ask?
Here’s the list of the candidates’ “demands,” as reported by Mediaite:
- Will there be questions from the audience or social media? How many? How will they be presented to the candidates?
- Will you acknowledge that you, as the sponsor, take responsibilities for all questions asked, even if not asked by your personnel?
- Will there be a gong/buzzer/bell when time is up? How will the moderator enforce the time limits?
- Will you commit that you will not:
Ask the candidate to raise their hands to answer a question
Ask yes/no questions without time to provide a substantive answer
Allow candidate-to-candidate questioning
Allow props or pledges by the candidates
Have reaction shots of members of the audience or moderators during debates
Show an empty podium after a break (describe how far away the bathrooms are)
Use behind shots of the candidates showing their notes
Leave microphones on during the breaks
Allow members of the audience to wear political messages (shirts, buttons, signs, etc.). Who enforces?
- What instructions will you provide the audience about cheering during the debate?
- What are your plans for the lead-in to the debate (Pre-shot video? Announcer to moderator? Director to Moderator?) and how long is it?
- Can you pledge that the temperature in the hall be kept below 67 degrees?
Did Kelly compare CNBC’s John Harwood asking Donald Trump if he is running a “comic book presidential campaign” with wanting a foot massage?
Irrespective of the CNBC moderators, and Megyn Kelly, did the GOP candidates go too far with their list of “demands”?
Politics. Gotta love it.