Conservatives speak: Add your questions to the mix

posted at 2:01 pm on February 11, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Ever wanted to ask presidential candidates a question? Tired of media filters on the issues? Here’s your chance to cut through the gatekeeping and get direct access to presidential contenders in both parties. Townhall Media has partnered with Change Politics to provide a forum for voters to pose questions, and candidates have committed to answering the most popular of them as chosen by the users themselves. Townhall will run the conservative channel:

Voters have a new resource this election cycle to help them cut through the noise of the primary and general process. Influential petition platform Change.org launched their new mobile web app and desktop site, Change Politics, Thursday morning, increasing access to candidates in the presidential field.

Through Change Politics, users can submit questions directly to participating candidates, search through the endorsements from prominent figures and organizations in the political arena, and create a personalized ballot guide based on their preferences. …

In addition to teaming up with several of the campaigns, Change Politics is partnering with media outlet across the country during their initial launch. Local outlets include the Des Moines Register, the Concord Monitor, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Townhall.com, in coordination with the rest of the Townhall Media sites, will participate as the conservative media partner for the rollout of a national town hall that will take place in February.

The website already has voter-submitted questions, and we have eight days to get many, many more! As the website grows, more features will come, and not just for the presidential election:

  • Endorsements​- voters and organizations will be able to make endorsements for candidates, and see endorsements being made by other people and organizations in their network.
  • Personalized Ballot​- with the new information from endorsements and questions, voters can populate a sample ballot for election day, empowering all of us to make informed decisions about everyone from the Presidential Candidates to City Dog Catcher.

Change Politics also sees this as an opportunity for journalists normally locked out of media access to candidates to engage candidates directly:

  1. Change Politics helps journalists engage their audience by crowdsourcing questions for candidates from voters.
  2. Change Politics helps journalists track voters’ views and concerns, and support for candidates, by issue and geography.
  3. Outlets can set up dedicated branded “Forums” on Change Politics to crowdsource questions from voters in advance of an outlet-organized interview or event.

Right now, we have confirmed that Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush will participate in the forum. We have invited other Republican campaigns to join us as well. Be sure to add your voice — and your questions — to the mix!

Note: I have already added my question, complete with video. Check out the site to find it — it’s on the budget — and upvote it if you like it.

Update: John Kasich has not confirmed his participation yet in the national effort. I have edited that paragraph and regret the error. Also, I forgot to include the link to my question, which I have added now.


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Uh, Ed? SalemTownhall isn’t conservative!

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:07 PM

Burn This GOPe B!TCH Down!!!

OmahaConservative on February 11, 2016 at 2:08 PM

What do we call bloggers that pretend there is only one pure definition for conservatism?

mjbrooks3 on February 11, 2016 at 2:09 PM

Why do Beta Males think TownHall blog is conservative?

mjbrooks3 on February 11, 2016 at 2:10 PM

Need to qualify with ‘Establishment Conservatism.’

Ed was saying yesterday that the GOP should stop running against Obama. How out of touch is that?

This place is worse than Vichy France with all the cheese-eating surrender monkey ‘bloggers’ around here.

Corporal Tunnel on February 11, 2016 at 2:10 PM

Why does your “conservative” debate only have one conservative (Cruz)?

mjbrooks3 on February 11, 2016 at 2:11 PM

Ted Cruz why these choices:
Jeff Roe
Glenn Beck
David Barton
Robert Mercer
Ferris and Dan Wilks
Goldman Sacks
CITI

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 11, 2016 at 2:11 PM

What is your opinion of AG Lynch recusing herself from the Clinton scandal?

barnone on February 11, 2016 at 2:11 PM

Why is the co-opting of conservatism in vogue with current establishment beta males?

mjbrooks3 on February 11, 2016 at 2:12 PM

According to this piece, Confirmed ‘Conservatives’:

Ted ‘Goldman Sachs’ Cruz
John ‘Obamacare is in the bible’ Kasich
Jeb ‘El Presidente de Mexico’ Bush

Corporal Tunnel on February 11, 2016 at 2:13 PM

Burn This GOPe B!TCH Down!!!

OmahaConservative on February 11, 2016 at 2:08 PM

No, silly. You have to form a question.

Like this: If elected will you promise to Burn This GOPe B!TCH Down?

Mark Boabaca on February 11, 2016 at 2:14 PM

Something tells me that, given the number two most upvoted question, this site is being utilized more by liberals than conservatives.

RblDiver on February 11, 2016 at 2:14 PM

According to this piece, Confirmed ‘Conservatives’:

Ted ‘Goldman Sachs’ Cruz
John ‘Obamacare is in the bible’ Kasich
Jeb ‘El Presidente de Mexico’ Bush

Corporal Tunnel on February 11, 2016 at 2:13 PM

Let’s not forget Chris ‘Man Crush on Barack Obama’ Christie.

Mark Boabaca on February 11, 2016 at 2:15 PM

Question:

Senator Cruz, how does it feel to be the only person on this panel who arguably is a conservative?

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:16 PM

Boy, this thread isn’t going the way Ed planned is it?

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:17 PM

1. Does the candidate believe that American citizens have the unalienable right to self-determination as nation of people? Not the government, not the establishment, but the people?

1.1 Follow-up: If not why? If so, how do you justify the president, aided and abetted by Congress, opening our borders to a flood of foreign nationals and therefore violating that fundamental right, especially given American citizens did not vote for, do not want and are extremely angry about the matter of out-of-control immigration?

2. Over the past two presidential terms, the rich cronies of the the bipartisan political establishment have become far richer, far faster than ever in American history while at the same time them American citizens in the middle and working classes have become poorer and see no real hope of positive change on the horizon while the government-dependent underclass has expanded significantly. Will you as president represent the establishment or American citizens? If so, explain exactly how you will do so without using the words “reform” or “change”…

That’s a start.

DrDeano on February 11, 2016 at 2:19 PM

Q. for all candidates:

What level of terrorism from muslim immigrants and refugees are you willing to accept as a consequence of continuing to allow them into the United States?

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:20 PM

Governor Kasich: What did your father do for a living?

Yankee Doodle on February 11, 2016 at 2:21 PM

I have no desire to sign up for anything but my question would be:

What do you intend to do to bring accountability back to the Executive Branch?

The answer is more important than the question. I would want to hear specifics instead of platitudes. Given the actions of the IRS, the VA, the DoJ, and other branches of government there is fertile ground for substantive answers. And BTW, fire them all isn’t the right answer either.

Happy Nomad on February 11, 2016 at 2:21 PM

Please explain how you plan on restoring or helping to restore Constitutionally-limited government.”

Bonus question:
Please explain how you are a ‘conservative’.”

Really, the second question will only be needed if the first question is answered even remotely well. I anticipate two of the first three partaking in this won’t be able to answer either question.

GWB on February 11, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Senator Cruz, “How could you not know that Ferris and Dan Wilks used huge numbers of illegals in the brick construction company?”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 11, 2016 at 2:24 PM

Bonus question:
“Please explain how you are a ‘conservative’.”

Really, the second question will only be needed if the first question is answered even remotely well. I anticipate two of the first three partaking in this won’t be able to answer either question.

GWB on February 11, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Maybe a more telling question- What does conservatism mean to you?

Happy Nomad on February 11, 2016 at 2:24 PM

Q.

Should the crimes of previous administrations that are not prosecuted due to the politicization of the Justice Department be reviewed and prosecuted by subsequent administrations?

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:25 PM

Somehow I get the idea that people can’t get too excited about yet another Salem political-whatever.

whatcat on February 11, 2016 at 2:25 PM

Q. for ¡Jeb!

How do you plan to win the General Election without winning the Republican Primary?

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:27 PM

And BTW, fire them all isn’t the right answer either.

Happy Nomad on February 11, 2016 at 2:21 PM

Though it’s a heck of a lot closer to the right answer than “have some investigations” would be!

GWB on February 11, 2016 at 2:28 PM

Somehow I get the idea that people can’t get too excited about yet another Salem political-whatever.

whatcat on February 11, 2016 at 2:25 PM

I can’t wait for yet another Salem event where conservatives are ignored and berated!

Said no one, ever.

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Q.

What will you do, specifically, to reduce the size, scope, and power of the Federal Government in your first term?

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:32 PM

Some good questions here. Wonder how many will get asked?

Prediction: Zero point Zero.

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:33 PM

Farce. Nothing about immigration matters: illegal immigration, legal immigration, refugee settlement, visas, birthright citizenship.

Nothing.

BuckeyeSam on February 11, 2016 at 2:34 PM

Maybe a more telling question- What does conservatism mean to you?

Happy Nomad on February 11, 2016 at 2:24 PM

No! That allows for one of those squishy, bs, feely answers. I want them to answer with what makes them a conservative – that way they have to define it, to some extent.

GWB on February 11, 2016 at 2:35 PM

…Conservative?…what is it?

JugEarsButtHurt on February 11, 2016 at 2:35 PM

What will you do to round up and deport the border jumpers who are here illegally?

BuckeyeSam on February 11, 2016 at 2:36 PM

What will you do to round up and deport the visa overstayers who are here illegally?

BuckeyeSam on February 11, 2016 at 2:36 PM

My question:

Can you, in 100 words or less, articulate your political philosophy and what informs it?

Cleombrotus on February 11, 2016 at 2:37 PM

Tried to up vote for the question Jazz submitted but couldn’t bring myself to give up my email…Katie’s wasn’t bad either

OldWeaselKeeper on February 11, 2016 at 2:37 PM

Speaking from my winkled generation, why the hell do we have to register to ask a question? It might work with you under 30s but to us well over 60 it is like asking to look in my wallet. Yes, we still vote, and the percentage of us over that mark just gets bigger.

Limerick on February 11, 2016 at 2:38 PM

Speaking from my winkled generation, why the hell do we have to register to ask a question? It might work with you under 30s but to us well over 60 it is like asking to look in my wallet. Yes, we still vote, and the percentage of us over that mark just gets bigger.

Limerick on February 11, 2016 at 2:38 PM

My advice is to don’t bother.

It won’t get asked anyway. And giving up your email means lots of spam.

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:40 PM

Will you present a bounty program for Congress to enact that would enable Americans to submit a processing fee, to report suspected illegal immigrants to immigration authorities, and to receive a bounty award for successful apprehension and deportation?

BuckeyeSam on February 11, 2016 at 2:40 PM

Explain the current system of visas (types and annual numbers) that we make available to foreign nationals. Explain what, if any, changes you’d make to that system.

BuckeyeSam on February 11, 2016 at 2:42 PM

1) – Why doesn’t someone ask some “moderate” Muslims how they can still be Muslims, if they’re not enforcing the command:

Convert … pay a tax (to not convert) … or DIE

? ? ? ? ?
.
2) – How can we arrive at a “common accepted” definition for “conservative” (adjective), as pertains to political discussion and debate?

listens2glenn on February 11, 2016 at 2:43 PM

Here WAS my question:

It appears that the U.S. Navy has been tasked with making token patrols regarding freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. How would you or won’t you alter this mission?

Limerick on February 11, 2016 at 2:43 PM

One more question:
How will you use the bully pulpit to advance the ideas and principles of conservatism if you are elected?

GWB on February 11, 2016 at 2:43 PM

If you were a cheese, what cheese would you be?

Bishop on February 11, 2016 at 2:44 PM

Conservative = “conserve”.

Is not the first obligation of a “conservative” to conserve The Republic and its citizens by protecting it and them from foreign invasion?

— invasion by illegal border-crossers and visa overstayers.

— invasion by hijrah, combined with jihad.

After you take care of #1 and #2, by enforcing all current laws, which include deportation, come back and argue the many domestic issues.

If you don’t, our Congress will be arguing in Spanish, with Nancy Pelosi and her girlfriends sitting in the segregated balcony, where sharia dictates.

fred5678 on February 11, 2016 at 2:45 PM

When granting visas for employment or educational purposes, why doesn’t the federal government require employers or schools to post bonds to help offset the cost of apprehending visa overstayers if they go off the grid?

Why aren’t employers or schools required–with the assistance of appropriate authorities–to escort visa holders to the airport, to put them on a non-stop flight to their home country, and to confirm their arrival in their home country?

BuckeyeSam on February 11, 2016 at 2:46 PM

Q. for ¡Jeb!

Why won’t you invest in English lessons for your wife so she’s comfortable speaking the language of this country?

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:47 PM

yes, answer this question.

is importing welfare recipients and importing millions of new Democrats a conservative principle, or limited govt principle?

Senator Philip Bluster on February 11, 2016 at 2:47 PM

If you were a cheese, what cheese would you be?
.
Bishop on February 11, 2016 at 2:44 PM

.
Or, “if you were a firearm, what firearm would you be ?”

listens2glenn on February 11, 2016 at 2:52 PM

If you were a cheese, what cheese would you be?
.
Bishop on February 11, 2016 at 2:44 PM
.

make America “grate” again?

Senator Philip Bluster on February 11, 2016 at 2:53 PM

No, silly. You have to form a question.

Like this: If elected will you promise to Burn This GOPe B!TCH Down?

Mark Boabaca on February 11, 2016 at 2:14 PM

No, no, gotta do it Jeopardy style:

“How would you burn this GOPe B!tch Down?”

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:54 PM

You won’t pass this on, but here’s mine:

Do you believe that universal suffrage is a terrible idea, and if not, why not?

nobar on February 11, 2016 at 2:55 PM

Senator Cruz, “How could you not know that Ferris and Dan Wilks used huge numbers of illegals in the brick construction company?”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 11, 2016 at 2:24 PM

I have no idea who these people are. But you obviously have an issue with them. That said here is what you may not know. Illegal’s cannot really be controlled by business. I never hired an illegal as far as I know. But I saw in other businesses people I respected having to because they had to compete with people who did. Really no choice in the matter. At one point I went to the local employment office and talked to the head of it whom I knew personally fairly well and told him about a job with illegal’s on it being treated like animals. Not an exaggeration either. He told me he had tried many times and knew if he said anything the Governor’s office would be right in his fact about it.

This has to be done through govt. by verification or some such equally across all businesses. Right now govt. regulators play favorites at the higher levels.

Cruz says he will do so. I believe Trump will make a Yuge deal.

CW20 on February 11, 2016 at 2:55 PM

Explain the current system of visas (types and annual numbers) that we make available to foreign nationals. Explain what, if any, changes you’d make to that system.

BuckeyeSam on February 11, 2016 at 2:42 PM

Excellent one!
(I like the bounty idea, too.)

GWB on February 11, 2016 at 2:55 PM

Or, “if you were a firearm, what firearm would you be ?”

listens2glenn on February 11, 2016 at 2:52 PM

Anyone who doesn’t answer “Browning M2” is a communist.

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:55 PM

I never hired an illegal as far as I know.

CW20 on February 11, 2016 at 2:55 PM

Really? When I hired I took the required IDs, filled in the blanks, and assigned them to a installation crew. Were the blanks filled in according to law, yep. Did I hire some? Probably the best bet in Vegas on that is yes.

Limerick on February 11, 2016 at 3:05 PM

Speaking from my winkled generation, why the hell do we have to register to ask a question? It might work with you under 30s but to us well over 60 it is like asking to look in my wallet. Yes, we still vote, and the percentage of us over that mark just gets bigger.

Limerick on February 11, 2016 at 2:38 PM

Years ago, I created what I refer to as my “throw away” email account on one of the host sites I don’t use for my real email account. On something like this questionnaire, I give them the “throw away” addy, not my actual one. A couple times a year I look at it and laugh at all the spam clogging the account.

catsandbooks on February 11, 2016 at 3:08 PM

Would you actually “cut” the government by eliminating departments and programs? If so, which? Please be specific.

Upvote it here.

Nethicus on February 11, 2016 at 3:14 PM

Uh, Ed? SalemTownhall isn’t conservative!

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:07 PM

Neither is Morrisey or any of the other crap writers at LSM HA.

earlgrey on February 11, 2016 at 3:35 PM

My advice is to don’t bother.

It won’t get asked anyway. And giving up your email means lots of spam.

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:40 PM

But you yourself have put up a few questions here. I’m sure Ed will take the best of what he finds here and put them over there.

As for spam, if you have your own mailserver and webapp, it’s easy to deal with. You assign inbound mail to one of two bins — people you know and want to talk to, and everyone else. You look briefly at “everyone else” and decide whether you want to move them to the “440” bin, move them to “know and want”, or leave them in “everyone else”. Everyone in “440” gets a “440 mailserver temporarily unavailable” message from the server (the client tells the server what to 440) and you never even see the stuff in either “everyone else” or “know and want” again.

For me, that means Salem Communications gets 440’d, because a few years back, I decided they were way too talkative about things they think I ought to buy.

unclesmrgol on February 11, 2016 at 3:48 PM

My questions was:

Should the Attorney General be an elected office rather than an appointee of the president?

This should reduce cover-ups.

KW64 on February 11, 2016 at 3:50 PM

You forgot to put conservative in quotes. Right Sachiko?

xblade on February 11, 2016 at 3:52 PM

You won’t pass this on, but here’s mine:

Do you believe that universal suffrage is a terrible idea, and if not, why not?

nobar on February 11, 2016 at 2:55 PM

Universal suffrage has been proven, without question, not to work because when everyone can vote and all votes count equally whether from producer or parasite it always results in the populace voting itself “bread and circuses” without limit from the public treasury.

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 4:19 PM

Q. Why does our government pretend that there are not existing
laws that they chose not to enforce in the name of some
illusive comprehensive reforms?

Cindy Munford on February 11, 2016 at 4:28 PM

Q. Why are illegals encouraged to break our countries laws?

Cindy Munford on February 11, 2016 at 4:29 PM

I’m certainly not going to give them my email, but if they had made it possible for me to ask a question, I would have asked Rubio why he supports Campus Kangaroo Courts for sexual assault. Why does Rubio believe in “Guilty Until Proven Innocent” for men in college ?

jaime on February 11, 2016 at 4:32 PM

Commander or full size? Stock recoil guide or full lengh?

S. D. on February 11, 2016 at 4:52 PM

I would like to know where they stand on an Article V Convention of States.

rotorjoe on February 11, 2016 at 5:21 PM

Aw. Really?

Our next town hall launches on February 8th. Top-voted questions will be delivered to the candidates.

Fat lot of good that did.

Andy__B on February 11, 2016 at 5:32 PM

CW20

If they can not speak a word of English and only know broken Aztex/Mexican and drive pickups with Mexican tags, you might just know they are illegal.

The only way the Wilks got all the contracts to build things like the foot ball stadium for Oklahoma State University was, to hire the most illegals possible and pay them the lest and no insurance at all.

Low bids are the “tell”.

The evil is deep, wide and the look the other way method now has the U S A in its last days.

It is wage slavery end of story.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 11, 2016 at 6:02 PM