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RedState and Human Events offer to sponsor a mulligan YouTube debate

November 30, 2007

As most of you know, I'm a Director of conservative weblog, and a contributor to Human Events, Ronald Reagan's favorite conservative newspaper. Following the disgrace that was this week's CNN/YouTube debate, our two publications have decided to join forces and to offer moderation, questioners, and a venue for a second attempt at a real Republican YouTube debate -- one free from planted Democrat operatives and from liberal producers' attempts to make Republicans into caricatures of themselves.

As posted on RedState today:

A Do-Over Debate

Dear Duncan, Fred, John, Mike, Mitt, Ron, Rudy, and Tom:

The CNN-YouTube Debate was a disgrace. The blame lies largely with CNN, which wanted Republican voters to meet their Republican candidates but only on Democrats’ terms. They did so by portraying the GOP as women-arresting, gun toting, confederate flag-waving simpletons.

You – and we - need a do over as soon as possible.

RedState and Human Events are happy to combine forces and offer the following.

We have a base of readers who represent the Republican wing of the Republican Party. You – and the Republican Party – deserve to face the questions posed by undecided Republicans, not Democratic activists. We will solicit and obtain YouTube videos from those people and vet each questioner to establish that they are – really - - undecided Republicans. We hope to include soldiers in the field in Iraq, Young Republicans, and others who still have not decided among you.

Today, allow us to make you this offer: We will organize a debate at a time and date amenable to you all. We will work with a national broadcaster to broadcast the debate as well as offer it online. We, not the liberal drive by media, will ensure the questioners are who they say they are. And we will choose them based on criteria that will be fully disclosed to you all which ensure the questioners aren’t activists for any Democratic candidate.

It's time to start talking to Republican voters about issues that will help them choose the Republican nominee. This could be a very good way to do it.

It can be done. We're happy to help do it. Are you game?


Jed Babbin
Editor, Human Events

Erick Erickson

We look forward to making this happen. Republican voters and Republican presidential candidates deserve it.

Jeff Emanuel
Assoc. Director,


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