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McCain urges UK-style sessions for U.S. president

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by Doomsday101, May 16, 2008.

  1. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate John McCain said on Thursday that, if elected, he would like to take a page from the British government and appear in question-and-answer sessions with lawmakers.

    "I will ask Congress to grant me the privilege of coming before both houses to take questions, and address criticism, much the same as the prime minister of Great Britain appears regularly before the House of Commons," McCain said in excerpts of a speech he is to deliver later in Columbus, Ohio.

    Although U.S. presidents deliver annual "State of the Union" speeches to Congress at the start of each year, those formal addresses do not include a question-and-answer session.

    McCain said exchanges such as those in the British House of Commons are a way of holding leaders accountable.

    "When we make errors, I will confess them readily, and explain what we intend to do to correct them," McCain said. He also reiterated a pledge to hold weekly news conferences, a change from President George W. Bush's practice of holding them roughly once a month.
  2. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    Why did we fight the Revolutionary War?

    This will be nothing but a vehicle for a bunch of grandstanding by presidential wannabe's...
  3. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    He is not saying we should have a Government like them only sessions in which the president goes before both parties to debate ideals much like the Parliament in GB. I don’t think that is a bad idea I think it would be a good way to have more open communication between the White House and both houses
  4. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    I do understand the concept, and it's a good idea in that respect, but have you seen those sessions in England on TV? It is funny to watch but I'm sure it would turn into a partisan insult-fest if we did it...
  5. Doomsday101

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    I have seen them and to an extent you are right but at least it gives both parties access to the President. We already see the insults and back stabbing taking place as is but at least in this setting it becomes face to face with question and answerers as well as direct debate.
  6. quincyyyyy

    quincyyyyy Benched

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    How long do you think it would take before McCain would punch a congressman in the face in one of his signature fits of rage?
  7. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    McCain has actually done what Clinton and Obama have not done and that is work between parties and not always to his own benefit within his own party. Clinton and Obama are nothing by party line voters how the hell are they going to work between the parties when they have their left wing agenda?

    Do you really think Conservatives are going to be willing to pass much left wing ideals without compromise?
  8. quincyyyyy

    quincyyyyy Benched

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    They won't have to. This looks like its going to be a landslide election for the Dems.
  9. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Don't count on it. If Obama can't work with Republican he will not get much done.
  10. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    I forget, who did McCain slug yesterday?
  11. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    Oh man, it's high comedy. C-Span every Sunday night.

    What I enjoy is the very proper and mannerly way they chop each other's heads off in there, and the laughter that ensues. Good stuff. Tony Blair was an artist.

    I also like it when some slug that nobody respects gets the floor and starts touting some obscure program for his district and they all begin moaning loudly and shifting in their seats.

    In the U.S., though .... wouldn't be the same. I agree, we would see a bunch of grandstanding.
  12. quincyyyyy

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    I think I will.
  13. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    We already have grandstanding by both parties. I just think this country has to have more open communication between the parties and the White House. Is it a cure all idea of course not but I would rather see face to face debate than all this he said, she said back in forth through the media.
  14. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Wow it does not come as a shock that you feel that way.
  15. Maikeru-sama

    Maikeru-sama Mick Green 58

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    I actually think it is a good idea, but I do think there would be alot of grandstanding, but you can bet your bottom dollar that it goes on in the UK too.

    Based on solely what I have read recently, I like the America that Senator McCain envisions, however I am not sure how sincere he is about those ideals.
  16. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed Zone Supporter

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    you mean like we're mired in now only with the last few survivors? :)
  17. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    McCain just wants to wear a powdered wig.
  18. Angus

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    The idea is probably grounded in his Congressional (parliamentary) background. Few governors who became presidents or other presidents with an administrative rather than a legislative background would favor the idea. And, I expect McCain, after the first one becomes a donnybrook will entertain it no further - if he is elected.

    The Senate he is used to is a "Gentleman's" club and spoken exchanges there are somewhat subdued, but not in the English Parliament.

    :)
  19. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    Oh then I am all for it. If he's going to slug someone while wearing a powedered wig that's drama at its finest.
  20. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Lost in the Woods

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    I would enjoy it immensely.

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