If you think your candidate is pure and fair and will answer any question presented to them, you are in for a big shocker. A good percent of incumbents and candidates will not agree to an interviewed unless they need the free promotion in a positive light.
It’s that time of the year when the media is trying to boost their popularity by getting interviews to help their pockets out and candidates are doing the same. The big problem? Candidates don’t like doing interviews unless they feel it will help them out at the polls. Let us first tell you that not all candidates are this way. Like Congressman Ted Yoho (R-3-FL) has never refused a request for an interview and doesn’t request to see the questions before the interview. He shoots straight and gives an enjoyable interview.
You didn’t know candidates often ask for pre-questions? Sure they do or at least ask what subject matter the interviewer will be going. That way they can beef up on the subject and can answer the questions. It is a common and normal request. Where an interview turns south is when the interviewer ask a “got-ya” question or the interviewee attacks the interviewer with no provocation.
Here are some examples: Megan Kelly asked Donald Trump about things he’s said about women in a Presidential debate. Kelly claims is a reasonable question because it would show his ability to control he’s feelings in national affairs. Trump wasn’t prepared for it and claims it was asked as a “got-ya” question.
Here’s a short story of what happen back in 2006:
In 2006, O’Donnell referred to Trump as a “snake-oil salesman” for deciding not to fire Miss USA Tara Connor. As a response, Trump referred to O’Donnell as “nice fat little Rosie” and a “dummy.” “She’s an extremely unattractive person who doesn’t understand the truth. … I think she’s a terrible person … She has failed at everything she has done… She’s a bully and she sucker punches people,” he said on Larry King Live at the time.
Rosie said: “Probably the Trump stuff was the most bullying I ever experienced in my life, including as a child,” O’Donnell told People in 2014. “It was national, and it was sanctioned societally. Whether I deserved it is up to your own interpretation.”
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was at a loss for words late last month when asked for the difference between a Democrat and socialist during an interview on MSNBC’s Hardball. At first the Florida Representative laughed and brushed the question off.
“You’re Chairman of the Democratic Party,” host Chris Matthews pressed Wasserman Schultz. “Tell me the difference between a democrat and a socialist.”
Instead of answering, Wasserman Schultz responded to a completely different question.
Was this a “got-ya” question? Were not sure. The beginning of the show they were talking about Bernie Sanders a self proclaim Presidential socialist and Matthews asked if Bernie would be allowed in the democratic debates.
In the past many candidates and political parties have refused to come on our show to answer questions. Here’s a short list of ones that have refused:
Anybody from RPOF
Anybody from DPOF
Governor Rick Scott (5 request)
Marco Rubio (7 request)
Bill Nelson (5 request)
92% of political leaders in our broadcasting area.
Candidates running for office in or area. (This shocked us too)
Don’t get us wrong, were not complaining. Were just letting people know that candidates don’t like questions because they don’t want you to know the truth and keep the illusion going that they are the best choice you have.