"The Great Debate" -
Last time, Park, Lisa, and Malia have their choice of
running mates. They end up choosing former foes Jim,
Chrissy, and Keith, before opening the polls to America.
Tonight, the results of the campaign...
After reintroducing the
candidates - Lisa, the Everett, Washington PR VP who was
the first woman in her family to go to college; Park,
the Stanley, North Carolina school teacher who puts
everything in the hands of a higher power; and Malia,
the Boston youth organizer who had to overcome her MTV
image to get out the vote in this series - Montel
delivers the verdict.
Park, with 36.3% of the
vote, moves on to the debate. So once again, another
split-liberal vote. Malia, with 33.6%.... also debates.
Which means with 30.9%, is off the ballot. "The campaign
never ends." So that makes Chrissy Gephardt a two-time
Here's the skinny.
Tonight, there will be two debates followed by two hours
of public phone voting. The latter debate will be
between Malia and Park. The former will be a
vice-presidential debate between Keith and Jim... or
not. Because of a personal reason not to move further
with the process, Jim Strock has had to bow out of the
race, leaving Park with no other alternative than to
appoint his CM James Dockery his new running mate. Which
means that now he has to debate Keith, who he thought
would take the whole deal all along.
But each camp will not
go at this alone. They will have a political strategist
to hone their image. Dan Schnur works for the
Gillespie/Dockery camp. He stresses straight talk as the
path for respect. On the Lazu/Boykin camp, we have
author Donna Brazile, who wants to have Malia stay on a
firm set of beliefs and to avoid having Park go moderate
Park's focuses: security
of the nation, economy, and the family. Malia will have
to keep her defenses up in the face of Park's warmth.
Plan of attack on Malia's side, paint Park as a good
role model, but not as a leader. Keith will have to go
at it against James AGAIN (their first fight was in a DC
bar). Keith's wary that James got Park to this point, so
he's going to have to come full force.
First, the Vice
Presidential Debate, moderated by Marty Kaplan (radio
host), Kim Serafin, and Frank Luntz. James paints Park
as a terrific person. Keith offers a choice between the
status quo and a new direction for America.
James: This is no scientific proof that anybody is born
Keith: Sexual orientation is not a choice. You of all
people ought to know better.
On racial profiling:
Keith: It sends the wrong message. The way to protect
our country is by protecting our values. My opponent
just said that certain people are prone to do certain
James: We stand for three issues: economic security,
national security, and security of the family. We don't
support racial profiling. Park and I stand for a united
James' question for
Keith: "How do you talk to majority of Americans who
don't believe in same-sex marriages?"
Keith: I believe the majority of Americans believe in
fairness. I don't think a sacred document should be
amended for cheap political gain. It's time for a
Keith's question for
James: "Where is Osama bin Laden?"
James: It's not about Osama bin Laden. It's about a war
on terror. It's about those people (who flew the
planes). If we don't deal with these people, it'll be
September 11 all over again.
Keith sums up by saying
that Malia signifies the fighting spirit needed to
govern. James sums up by telling that Park has passion
and heart for America.
James said he gave it
110%, giving some points away, and taking some points.
Keith thought he came away with it being aggressive.
Now, it's Malia and Park's turn to play cleanup.
Malia paints new vision
for America, not led by fear but by faith. "Together we
can move America forward and make America better." Park
stresses his three points.
On personal religious
beliefs in politics:
Park: I think it's healthy. It's meant to be celebrated.
We should acknowledge our history.
Malia: I think we should respect all Americans in their
beliefs. Any good leader would not impose their beliefs.
On differences between
politicians and the American Candidates:
Malia: you need to be willing to change yourself, but
that doesn't change who you are and what you fought for.
If I have to take my tongue ring off to do that, I will.
Park: Stay true to what we believe, but say it that
you're able to draw people in. I think it was a very
On post-rape abortions
and the death penalty:
Park: I'm not going to compound it by having two
tragedies. I would say "Darling, I love you. Do not have
an abortion. Let's find a home for it."
Malia: I don't believe in murder, and I do not believe
that abortion is murder. I don't believe that the
government can (tell me what to do with my life that
will dramatically alter my life for the rest of my
Park's question to Malia:
"What do you say to the wife of a fireman who ran into a
building and lost his life on 9/11?"
Malia: Your husband's a hero. We're going to deal with
Osama the way we deal with criminals. I cannot say that
killing Osama is going to bring your husband back. What
will avenge his death is taking America in a new
direction. To make an America that is worth dying for,
that is worth fighting for, and that is is worth living
and working for.
On what is it about
America that terrorists hate:
Park: They hate us for who we are. We have to fight them
and to beat them. If we are going to have national
security, we need to fight them on their ground on our
Malia: Diplomacy overcomes. We can't pick and choose
what leaders we want to overthrow. People have different
views because they have different perception. They hate
us because we have a history of oppressing third-world
To sum up, Park learned
some major things through this process. Once again with
his three precepts, he hopes that the show got people
involved in the political process and the passion of it.
Malia outlines the race as about all of us coming
together because of hope, liberated by the ideas or our
founding fathers. There are fundamental differences
between her and Park in the way we can move forward.
This may be a closer race than we think.
Next week... the big
finale. Either Park or Malia will win $200,000 and the
title of American Candidate.