It should be noted that earlier this year, Townhall.com invited Republican candidates to participate in a conservative radio/online debate. At the time, the frontrunners were McCain, Rudy, and Romney.
To give you an idea of how a Townhall debate might have gone, it would have probably featured a moderator like Bill Bennett, instead of a moderator such as Anderson Cooper ...
Unfortunately, of the frontrunners invited, only Mitt Romney accepted our invitation.
So what's stopping Townhall.com -- or RedState -- or National Review -- from having our conservative readers submit YouTube questions to be answered by the GOP candidates?
Frankly, it's the candidates' willingness to participate...
If we're going to get away from the CNN's of the world, it will require the candidates to do their part in picking the venue that will be more favorable to them. That means saying "no" to CNN, and "yes" to conservative media outlets.
At 12:05, RedState posted this:
Though it's probably too late for this cycle, I sincerely hope that in the future, Republican candidates will use the conservative media more, and the establishment MSM, less.
RedState and Human Events are happy to combine forces and offer the following.
We have a base of readers who represent the Republican wing of the Republican Party. You – and the Republican Party – deserve to face the questions posed by undecided Republicans, not Democratic activists. We will solicit and obtain YouTube videos from those people and vet each questioner to establish that they are – really - - undecided Republicans. We hope to include soldiers in the field in Iraq, Young Republicans, and others who still have not decided among you.
As always, we're happy to assist conservative candidates in reaching our ever-expanding audience of conservatives around the country.
Let the vetting begin!