Presidential candidates constantly avoid or evade questions put to them in the debates organized by the misnamed Citizens' Debate Commission.
Many online petitions are asking for "fact checkers" at the debates, or that specific questions be put, or that the moderators insist their original questions be answered. Michael Nickerson proposes simply that the broadcasters post the original question in a box on-screen, so that viewers can judge for themselves whether the question has been answered. Please sign it:
Here is another way that WE the People can require that candidates answer questions. Someone should type each question up briefly in a Tweet, and assign a short #Hashtag. Everyone who wants can then respond as to whether the question has been answered by a given candidate. Ideally, the moderator should develop a meaningful #hashtag that viewers can use to put in their vote by tweeting as to whether the question has been answered by the candidate.
Moderator: Mr Obama, Mr. Romney, Do you envision that, your administration will be able to put into place policies that will allow Medicare benefits and payments to doctors to be adequate to ensure that all Seniors will get a standard of care at least as good at what they get today, Why or why not? #WillMeaningfulMedicareSurvive
Citizen-Tweeter: #WillMeaningfulMedicareSurvive Obama Answered
Citizen-Tweeter: #WillMeaningfulMedicareSurvive Obama has NOT Answered
Citizen-Tweeter: #WillMeaningfulMedicareSurvive Romney Answered
Citizen-Tweeter: #WillMeaningfulMedicareSurvive Romney has NOT Answered
The moderator's team counts the Tweets, and reports to the Candidates and the world what the Tweet-o-Sphere says.
I'm open to all suggestions as to how to make this better, or how to make this happen.
Eventually, WE the People will make our voice heard!