Chris Bowers has an open letter to ABC to you can (and will) sign on to:
After watching last night’s Democratic debate, when together you asked both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama fifteen sets of questions, I have four questions for you.
First, are candidate debates supposed to be about issues that matter to voters? As a voter, I have always thought so.
Second, did you see the April 13th poll from your employer, ABC News, which asked voters about the issues that matter most in the presidential election? In case you missed it, the poll included the following question:
“Thinking ahead to the November 2008 presidential election, what is the single most important issue in your choice for president?”
The open-ended response from registered voters indicated that 41% were most concerned about the economy, 18% with the war in Iraq, 7% with health care, 5% with terrorism / national security, 4% with ethics and corruption in government, and 4% with illegal immigration. Among the issues not mentioned by voters were flag pins, snipers in Bosnia, the weather underground, vice-presidential choices, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, electability or San Francisco fundraiser comments.
Third, if candidate debates are supposed to be about the issues that matter most to voters, why did you spend the first fifty minutes of a ninety-minute debate, and 12 of your 15 sets of questions, asking the Democratic candidates about subjects that, according to the most recent ABC News poll, were not among the top concerns of voters?
Fourth, since Mr. Stephanopoulos apparently took “notes” from Sean Hannity about the Weather Underground question, were there any other questions at the debate that Sean Hannity had a role in writing?
Any response you can provide on these four questions would be greatly appreciated.
And the one and only Digby has her take here, to which I also say woot.
And a great post by Will Bunch here.
Sign the MoveOn petition here.