View Poll Results: Is it OK to plant questions at political events?

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  • They all do it. Everyone of them.

    11 64.71%
  • It's OK. Otherwise no good questions would get asked.

    1 5.88%
  • No that's stealing the process from the people

    7 41.18%
  • Hillary Clinton planted questions

    3 17.65%
  • Nobody would do such things

    0 0%
  • Video outs this corrupt practice

    2 11.76%
  • Planted questions are for propaganda purposes

    8 47.06%
  • Important questions never get asked

    5 29.41%
  • We wouldn't want to embarrass politicians now would we

    4 23.53%
  • Real questions would lose Politicians votes

    5 29.41%
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    Re: Is it OK to plant questions at Political Events?

    I have mixed thoughts on this.

    On the one hand I think these events should be authentic with actually questions being asked by voters.
    On the other hand I don't think these events should be allowed to be turned into a mob riot by people who will not be satisfied with the answer no matter what it is.

    I support hard questions but not heckling.

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    Re: Planting questions is a crime

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    I ran for political office once and lost a whole area because of an "honest answer". Honesty is not what the people want to hear.
    Running for office is much more fun when you are not bound by the desire to win. I plan on running for office in 2016 on the platform of firing all county employees and re-hiring half of them at $15,080 per year.

    My county has about 1,200 employees. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes in 2012 received 4,800 votes in the Republican Primary. Republicans always win the general election. It is bad strategy to throw away 1,200 votes from the get go. Those 1,200 people aren't just voters, they are very actively involved. But it would be ever so much fun to speak the truth.

    Historically, our county robs the budget reserve over and over for 7 years and then raise taxes exactly every 8 years. We are scheduled to get a huge tax increase in 2017. It's going to be fun to bring that up too.

    Running for office is hillarious.

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    Re: Is it OK to plant questions at Political Events?

    I have to be honest. I am not familiar with the term, "planting questions". I don't know how to feel about it because I don't know what it is.

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    Re: Is it OK to plant questions at Political Events?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    I have to be honest. I am not familiar with the term, "planting questions". I don't know how to feel about it because I don't know what it is.

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    Planting questions generally means that an intern/staffer/friend of the individual asks a "soft" question that's only there to make a candidate look good. It can also be a "hard" question with a pre-planned and rehearsed answer.

    Generally people don't like the truth or complicated answers.

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    Re: Is it OK to plant questions at Political Events?

    Quote Originally Posted by reinoe View Post
    Planting questions generally means that an intern/staffer/friend of the individual asks a "soft" question that's only there to make a candidate look good. It can also be a "hard" question with a pre-planned and rehearsed answer.

    Generally people don't like the truth or complicated answers.
    I guess it would be ok if they did that. Politics fits under the same as love and war. All is fair in love and war. (and politics)

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    Video will catch the plants

    When you run. Take a camcorder; you can catch them fixing the forum questions.



    At this one they ask people to put their questions on paper and then they would sort out the duplicates. In the above video they move one to the active pile with just a tap tap.

    If they can control all the questions they do. Note video the people who hand in the questions...

    One friend who ran. Said the other candidates had sheets with the answers to all the questions that came forward.
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    Re: Video will catch the plants

    I'm not so sure a solution to this problem can be applied.

    Campaigns are all unique. Individual rallies, debates, candidate forums, fundraisers, meet and greet or luncheon is different. The people who hold these events have the freedom to set forth any guidelines that they feel are necessary to meet their agenda, time restraints or to suit the taste of the particular audience in attendance.

    I'm a little baffled that someone has the energy to stew over this issue. I don't see it as a problem. Even if it is a problem there is no blanket solution. I suppose you could hold your own candidate forum and make sure this type of thing doesn't happen.

    My friend is currently running for City Council and he gave me a pre-scripted question to submit from the audience. I don't quite see what rules, regulations or mean comments could have prevented me from doing that.

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    Many Solutions

    Actually there are a number of solutions:

    They usually ask you to identify yourself at the start. Don't do that. Go right into questions and problems that need to be brought up. Not the pre-scribed questions that you would fake for your friend. They won't like it but I get on record and sometimes TV with the REAL questions.

    If a know plant puts forward a question or a PAC. Identify that as a Lobby group question and refuse to answer on that grounds and go on about what every you want for your allotted time. Maybe even rag on the questioner for their complicit actions in stealing elections. Don't be asking your friend questions that he wants brought up. I'll out you with video and refuse on the grounds that you are a plant. There will be video and maybe TV. So watch it..
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    Re: Is it OK to plant questions at Political Events?

    Quote Originally Posted by SpectateSwamp View Post
    I noticed it way back in 1993. People traveling with the candidate would ask the same question multiple of times. Excluding all but the "3 main candidates" from answering - there were 9 of us.

    Do you think professional hecklers are also being planted?

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    Re: Is it OK to plant questions at Political Events?

    I don't think it is okay (nor do I like the planted hecklers or gotcha question artists either). If the politician with the podium wants to say something, or bring an issue to the forefront, well, they are already at the podium and have a mic handy - just say it without the false prompting. I mean that's what they're there for right? No need to play those games.

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