These look like decent questions, and they seemed that way when I watched it on TV. Honestly, I think there's a lot of spin being put out right now to achieve a goal...
Many of them read to me like a textbook of examples of complex question fallacies.
Complex Question Fallacy
The complex question fallacy is committed when a question is asked (a) that rests on a questionable assumption, and (b) to which all answers appear to endorse that assumption.
“Have you stopped beating your wife?”
This is a complex question because it presupposes that you used to beat your wife, a presupposition that either answer to the question appears to endorse.
“Are you going to admit that you’re wrong?”
Answering yes to this question is an admission of guilt. Answering no to the question implies that the accused accepts that he is in the wrong, but will not admit it. No room is left to protest one’s innocence. This is therefore a complex question, and a subtle false dilemma.
These, for instance:
QUINTANILLA: This one is for Senator Rubio. You’ve been a young man in a hurry ever since you won your first election in your 20s. You’ve had a big accomplishment in the Senate, an immigration bill providing a path to citizenship the conservatives in your party hate, and even you don’t support anymore. Now, you’re skipping more votes than any senator to run for president. Why not slow down, get a few more things done first or least finish what you start?
Note that actually answering the question - why not slow down - implies his immigration bill sucks and he's a lazy senator. Nor is it at all clear what his being young has to do with skipping votes: would it be okay to skip votes if he were twenty years older? Would being president not help create a better immigration bill? That entire question was a mess.
QUICK: Ms. Fiorina, I — I’d like to ask you a question. You are running for president of the United States because of your record running Hewlett-Packard. But the stock market is usually a fair indicator of the performance of a CEO, and the market was not kind to you.
I just wonder, in terms of all of that — you know, we look back, your board fired you. I just wondered why you think we should hire you now.
And again, responding to the last sentence implies she was a lousy CEO.
I'm not saying the tough questions should be ignored, but there were very obvious fallacies and leading questions, and I absolutely agree with the GOP candidates that there were some obvious grabs for the Gotcha moments.
Not sure on If This has been posted and I'll delete it if It has been Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed a bill to designate "Democracy Day" as a national election holiday to make it easier for Americans to vote.
Edit to Add : What do you think of this Bill?
Here in Washington, all our ballots are mailed out weeks ahead of time. There is no issue of being able to vote within certain hours or get to locations, because they don't exist. Even if all our outdated equipment fails, there are physical copies of every single ballot and probably some advance notice that an issue is occurring. Better protection against fraud and increased turnout, and better opportunity to research issues and candidates for more informed votes. And there's no need to shut our economy down for a day to make democracy work. I'm heavily in favor of it and not even remotely impressed with Bernie's solution.
More funny stuff: Jeb! Can Fix It! backfires
Ugh. Yet again, it's as though the candidate who should have the best team instead doesn't even know how media works.