Monday, September 28, 2020

What one debate question would you ask each candidate?

Tomorrow night, a mere 16 miles from my home, President Trump and Vice President Biden will step in front of the cameras to make their respective cases to America in the first of three debates. Eight years ago, some of my blogging friends and I got together to propose the debate questions we'd ask each of the candidates if we had the power to do so. Given the current state of our Republic and what's at stake when we vote, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit this collective idea and do it again. 

Here is are my "one questions" for President Trump and Vice President Biden.

For President Trump

Last week, you said the following during a White House press briefing, about your intent to uphold a peaceful transfer of power following the election: "[G]et rid of the ballots and you'll have a very … there won't be a transfer, frankly. There'll be a continuation." Our democracy—in fact, any democracy—is premised on the people choosing their elected representatives and the loser of an election ceding and allowing for a peaceful transition of power. On the contrary, a "continuation" of a regime without counting ballots is the hallmark of a dictatorship, not a democracy. Mr. President, this evening will you commit, without exception, that come January 20, 2021, that if Congress declares Joe Biden, and not you, the winner of the 2020 Presidential election, you will step aside and allow for the peaceful transition of power as has occurred every four years since 1793? And if not, why not?

For Vice President Biden

To date, COVID-19 has killed more than 200,000 Americans. If the numbers and trends merey hold steady, by Inauguration Day that number will increase by more than another 100,000. Some models project the death toll will be even higher. We'd be approaching, if not surpassing, the number of U.S. combat casualties in both World Wars combined. Can you please tell the American people the steps you will take from day one in office to contain this deadly virus and decrease the tragic trajectory of death and loss?

For the questions that my employment law/HR blogging friends would ask, head over to the following:

Kate BischofftHRive Law & Consulting Blog

Suzanne LucasEvil HR Lady

Jeff NowakFMLA Insights

Dan SchwartzConnecticut Employment Law Blog