John Feehery: Speaking Engagements


5 Suggested Questions for Tuesday’s Republican Debate in Las Vegas

Posted on December 15, 2015
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(Originally published in the WSJ)

Here are five questions that I’d like to see asked at Tuesday night’s Republican debate:

1. Please explain exactly how you are going to beat Hillary Clinton. Mitt Romney won white women by 14 points and still lost overwhelmingly in 2012. Given this country’s changing demographics, do you have a plan to do better among Hispanic, Asian, and black voters?

2. Is the U.S. primarily a Christian nation, or is it a nation dedicated to religious freedom? Do you believe that Muslims can successfully live the American dream and integrate into U.S. society?

3. Do you think it is more important to have economic growth to balance the budget or fiscal austerity? Should Congress focus first on cutting spending or on getting the economy moving again?

4. Republicans have been the party of free trade for decades. Do you think that the GOP should reevaluate its positions on trade and refuse to approve President Barack Obama‘s agreement with Pacific Rim countries? Do you think, on balance, that free-trade agreements have helped U.S. consumers or hurt U.S. workers more?

5. How will you use technology to make government more efficient? Do you think that the federal government should monitor social media more closely, or would that be an invasion of privacy? What scares you most about the future and what technological opportunities do you think can make the U.S. government more responsive and less prone to fraud and abuse?