Questions for Would-Be Presidents


 

Can presidential wannabes be made to talk about consumer issues?

So far the presidential debates have allowed candidates to get away with answers composed of  cliches without pursuit by vigorous follow-up. Also, candidates have not had to deal with consumer issues. So how about questions and follow-ups that produce heat and light for consumers:

Q: The Department of Justice has just promised to directly prosecute corporate leaders, not just corporations. The idea is you can’t jail a corporation for wrongdoing but you can jail a CEO who encourages his/her corporation to do wrongdoing. If elected president, would you pursue that policy and, while we are on the subject, who are you considering to lead the D of J?

Q: Senator Leahy has proposed an act to stop corporations from taking tax deductions for punitive damages when settling “corporate wrongdoing” charges. This year alone that has given hundreds of millions in tax deductions for corporate wrongdoing. The Leahy bill is stuck in the Senate Finance Committee where it is unlikely to escape. Would you, as president, propose a bill like Senator Leahy’s?

Q: Would you fight for more consumer protection? For example, would you offer proposals to enforce food safety, labeling accuracy and regulation of banking practices that directly affect consumers? Do you have other consumer protection concerns?

Q: Six of the last 17 presidents–Teddy Roosevelt, Coolidge, Truman, Johnson, Nixon and Ford–were Vice Presidents before they were presidents. If current rules had been been in effect, Wilson’s VP would have become POTUS when Wilson suffered a disabling stroke. With that history in mind, your VP choice will have around a 30% chance to be president. Who are you considering? If you won’t tell us now, why not?

Follow-Ups:
With all due respect, your answer avoided my question. Would you like to try again–or have me re-state it?
Which, if any, of the other candidates for your party’s nomination would you consider as vice president?
If you are not willing to be specific about people you plan to appoint, is it because you have no plan for governing, just a plan for running?
Would your campaign for the presidential nomination be endangered by telling the American people about the people you would choose to hold high offices?

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