Right after the Democratic YouTube debate last month I heard many people on TV and radio talking about the “type” of people the debate brought out. “Type?” Oh wait…what they meant to say is that the online community that participated in submitting questions for the panel did not fit the mold of past preselected participants. I also heard some commentators call the debate a joke and this type of online forum was making a mockery out of serious politics. Serious politics??? Good God.
So obviously when I read that the September Republican YouTube debate was going to interfere with Rudolph Giuliani and Mitt Romney fund raising schedules, I was a little miffed. But then Romney said that this type of online format was “demeaning.”Good God. My blood began to boil. Demeaning? Are you guys that narrow minded to believe that the YouTube audience is not part of the voting public? Why don’t you just go ahead and shoot yourself in the other foot by saying that this type of forum will only hurt your chance for a presidential run. Nonetheless, I think more than anything Romney and Giules might just be afraid of the “type” of people and questions they will have to face. I really expected more from Giuliani.
Now Giuliani and Romney are trying to run damage control on their statements. Read the whole story from the New York Times here (free subscription required.)
FOR AN UPDATE ABOUT THIS DEBATE, CLICK HERE.