Birth Control & Gay Marriage Aren't This Country's Biggest Problems -- So Why Debate Them?

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gay marriage rightsLast Saturday night, six presidential hopefuls (Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Jon Huntsman) took the stage in New Hampshire for the 417th debate of this election cycle. Ok, I made that number up, but it sure does feel like it, doesn’t it? 

The economy still sucks, Iran has a nuclear program, and we’re dealing with a Mexican drug war along our southern border, so naturally the debate moderators focused on birth control and gay marriage. Wait, what?

Saturday night’s debate was the most social-issue heavy debate thus far, with candidates discussing marriage equality and whether or not states should have the right to ban contraceptives for over an hour before moving onto the economy. Just when things started to get substantive, the debate was cut short and we were moved to post-debate analysis.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney summed up his feelings on the ridiculous line of questioning when George Stephanopoulos asked him about condoms and states rights. Romney dismissed the question as “silly,” saying that no state wants to ban contraceptives, so why bother asking such a dumb question? He said, “Contraception, it's working just fine. Leave it alone.”

Can we please leave lame hypothetical questions out of the debate and talk about something that matters, like how we can balance the budget, or repealing Obamacare, or lowering gas prices or keeping our country safe from those that will attack us? Republican voters are hungry for a legitimate conversation on issues that are forefront in our minds. 

Birth control, gay marriage, and anything falling under the ‘social issue umbrella’ needs to take a backseat right now to economic prosperity and national security. We have a president who is spending our way toward bankruptcy, who bows to foreign leaders, who won’t let us drill our own oil, and who believes that Republicans threaten the very core of what America stands for.

Will these gotcha questions continue in the general election after the GOP has settled on a candidate? Will Diane Sawyer ask Obama if he thinks states should be able to outlaw condoms? Or is that above his pay grade?  

Get it together, mainstream media. Start asking some real questions, or your relevancy will become completely obsolete. 

 

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2012 election, media, politics

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nonmember avatar Kristi

Again, I'm not going to ignore where the candidates stand on these issues. Yes, your stated issues might be more important, but I'm not going to focus on those things while some religious nut job tries to take away my right to have kids when and how I want to. And saying that gay marriage shouldn't be an issue, you're right, it shouldn't. There's absolutely no reason why gay people shouldn't be allowed to marry. Why don't you pass the message along to your right wing friends who are still denying them their civil rights?

hotic... hoticedcoffee

I live in NH, and the last 30 minutes of the debate was aired here - it didn't get any better.  I wish I could say I'm amused by questions about irrelevent issues, but with so much at stake in this election, I can't.  I loved that Romney rubbed Stephanopoulos' nose is a big pile of stupid - well deserved.  Lame, hypothetical issues posed by lame, hypothethetical moderators with a goal of protecting a lame, hypothetical president.  At least they're consistent, right?

nonmember avatar Sara

That is why I like Mitt Romney. It is a dumb question! Particularly with everything that is going on around us right now. He's a businessman, that's what we need right now, someone who can help with the economy.

jagam... jagamama0710

"who believes that Republicans threaten the very core of what America stands for."


I believe Republicans believe that about Democrats, so you're point is....? 


Also, you don't get to decide what's important for people in this election. Some people actually do care about silly unimportant things like social issues as well as the economy. 

ashja ashja

civil rights are not irrelevant.

jkm89 jkm89

Just because it doesn't apply to you personally, doesn't mean it is not important. Tell that to one of my closest friends, who is gay. Tell him equal rights for him are not important right now. I'm sure he'll do a fine job of setting you straight.

Mom2J... Mom2Just1

Gay marriage should have already been legal.  It is should never be put up for a vote either. I just wish the republicans would practice what they preach in regards to small govt.  

Mommy... MommyOfOne2710

No one's saying gay rights aren't important. There are a lot more things going on right now because our economy is going down the drain - THAT's what we need to focus on, otherwise we won't be worrying about civil rights, everyone will be worrying about simply getting food on the table.

nonmember avatar Phyllis Weston

How can I delete you from my facebook. I do not like you!

nonmember avatar jice

I agree with you. The biggest problem is the economy and we're are completely ignoring it so they can discuss stupid questions. A few questions on social things is fine, but an entire debate is ridiculous in the economy we're in.

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