October 1, 2007
GOP Candidates Debate 'Race'
Last week, six GOP presidential candidates appeared at Morgan State University in Baltimore to debate issues relating to race. Appearing were Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter, and Alan Keyes (who claimed he has been excluded from previous GOP debates). The debate was broadcast on PBS The moderator was talk show host Tavis Smiley, and the questioners were Juan Williams (NPR and Fox News Sunday), Cynthia Tucker (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), and Ray Suarez (The PBS News Hour).The debate was well-organized and conducted in a professional and thoughtful manner by Mr. Smiley and the panel. Only Fox News has put on better debates. The panelists asked the candidates several tough, if tendentious, questions about racial disparities in crime, income, education, and related matters. The candidates' answers were very revealing of their basic political and philosophical positions.Interestingly, the candidates to the left...(Read Full Post)