Following CNN’s decision to cancel the final debate before Super Tuesday for lack of participants (Romney and Santorum declined to attend), Roger Ebert laments that CNN failed to capitalize on what surely would have been a ratings bonanza: A two-man Paul-Gingrich debate.
Here is snip from Ebert’s blog on the Chicago Sun Times: The Debate that Wasn’t Held
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The debates have fallen into a miasma of sameness, with the usual sound bites recycled endlessly. The purpose of the candidates is to get through them safely without putting their feet in their mouths. This late in the season, there’s little chance of anyone springing a surprise except by mistake, as when Mitt described himself as a “severe conservative.” The press and viewers are united in one hope: That someone will make an error.
But imagine Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich sharing the stage. Paul has already thrown down the gauntlet by accusing Mitt of not being a “true conservative.” No matter what that charge means, no one is likely to make it against Paul.
Two men on stage. They can run, but they can’t hide. Ron Paul would flourish in such a format. He is the most plain-spoken and articulate of the candidates, the master of the zinger, the expert in sound bites, the most gifted at saying what he thinks directly and with humor. Against his verbal skills, poor fuzzy-mouthed Gingrich would be cruelly mismatched.
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