Dreaming of the First Debate

Cliff Thier
I dream that at the opening of the first Presidential debate, John McCain turns and says directly to his opponent:

Senator Obama, this really isn't a debate. It's a joint press conference. A reporter asks you a question, you answer and then I get to respond.

Then another reporter asks me a question, I answer and then you respond.

With all due respect to the fine reporters here tonight, it's the two of us who are asking the American people to trust us to lead this country for four years. It should be the two of us who show, by our choice of topics, what we each think is important.

Will you agree to enter into a real debate tonight? You can begin by asking me a question. I'll answer and then you tell the American people why you agree or disagree. I'll then ask you a question, you answer, and then I'll have a chance to agree or disagree.

Let's have a genuine debate. Don't we owe that to the American people?
Senator, how about it?"

I dream that at the opening of the first Presidential debate, John McCain turns and says directly to his opponent:

Senator Obama, this really isn't a debate. It's a joint press conference. A reporter asks you a question, you answer and then I get to respond.

Then another reporter asks me a question, I answer and then you respond.

With all due respect to the fine reporters here tonight, it's the two of us who are asking the American people to trust us to lead this country for four years. It should be the two of us who show, by our choice of topics, what we each think is important.

Will you agree to enter into a real debate tonight? You can begin by asking me a question. I'll answer and then you tell the American people why you agree or disagree. I'll then ask you a question, you answer, and then I'll have a chance to agree or disagree.

Let's have a genuine debate. Don't we owe that to the American people?
Senator, how about it?"