By Happy Carlock |
The point of a Republican primary election is to choose a candidate to represent the modern Republican party in the campaign for the presidency.
Why then have Republicans allowed some nice folks from MSNBC or Bloomberg or CNN to frame the conversation between Republican candidates and Republican voters? They ask questions that liberal elites find endlessly fascinating, not questions important to Reagan Republicans.
That is why I am encouraged that Newsmax, the great conservative magazine and website run by leading conservative Christopher Ruddy, will be hosting a debate in Iowa on December 27. According to Nielson data, over 7 million Americans visit Newsmax.com each month. Four million subscribe to the Newsmax E-mail list and over a million people read the Newsmax print magazine. Therefore the debate questions will be of interest to Republicans, not liberals. Success will be measured by how much Republican voters learn about their prospective leaders. Donald Trump as "ringmaster" or moderator will command attention and eyeballs.
A serious conversation between Republicans watched by millions--that will help the goal of electing a president willing to create jobs and reduce the size and cost of government.
About Grover Norquist President of Americans for Tax Reform
Stephanie Slade Project Director at The Winston Group
Fergus Cullen Former Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party
Sally Kohn Political Commentator