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Why don't we have a version of "prime minister's questions" in the US?

Old 06-14-10, 11:09 AM
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Why don't we have a version of "prime minister's questions" in the US?

Do you think it would work? I'm listening to the latest one on CSPAN now and think it is an interesting concept. Not only forcing the parties to confront each other but on the public record as well. I also think it would be interesting for a sitting president to go on Washington Journal sometime, the morning CSPAN call in show, and field questions from the public but I doubt we'll ever see that.
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Re: Why don't we have a version of "prime minster's questions" in the US?

1. Tradition

2. The Prime Minister is an active member of parliament and is part of the normal proceedings

3. No separation of powers there
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Old 06-14-10, 11:23 AM
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Re: Why don't we have a version of "prime minster's questions" in the US?

President Obama did go to the Republican Congressional retreat a couple of times to take questions. The first time, it was broadcast; the second time, the Republicans did not allow cameras in.
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Re: Why don't we have a version of "prime minster's questions" in the US?

I don't see the point. In the UK it makes sense because the PM is often wrong and needs to be questioned. In the US, the President is always right and it would be more beneficial to simply imprison those who call in to challenge something.
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Re: Why don't we have a version of "prime minster's questions" in the US?

Originally Posted by Tommy Ceez View Post
1. Tradition

2. The Prime Minister is an active member of parliament and is part of the normal proceedings

3. No separation of powers there
This.
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Old 06-14-10, 11:55 AM
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Re: Why don't we have a version of "prime minster's questions" in the US?

DOH! Didn't take #2 into consideration.

Not sure I see how #3 applies though. Sure there is separation but there are also checks and balances. It is not like anything actually gets resolved during these sessions, it is just a way for the two groups to interface in a public forum.
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Re: Why don't we have a version of "prime minster's questions" in the US?

Originally Posted by nemein View Post
DOH! Didn't take #2 into consideration.

Not sure I see how #3 applies though. Sure there is separation but there are also checks and balances. It is not like anything actually gets resolved during these sessions, it is just a way for the two groups to interface in a public forum.
The President would claim executive privilege and not answer any questions.
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Re: Why don't we have a version of "prime minster's questions" in the US?

I think it would be great, but will never happen.
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Re: Why don't we have a version of "prime minister's questions" in the US?

Because The Obama would strike them down with a plague on their houses for daring to question him?
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