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Hey 2016 GOP Candidates, You Listening?

Here’s a brief bit of advice for potential 2016 GOP candidates, take it or leave it.

Abortion, gay marriage, evolution, birth control, whether you think black and white cookies are unjust—you will potentially be asked about it all. So, here’s a crazy idea: Have a solid answer. I don’t care if you don’t like the question. I don’t care if you think it’s absurd in light of what you deem to be more important topics. It’s your job to be prepared and have a clear, articulate response. No punting, no roundabout, scattered answers that no one can figure out—just a clear, straightforward answer. It’s really not that hard.

The truth is that I don’t care what the media asks or why they do it. I don’t care if there’s an agenda at hand. Your job is to be prepared for it all. And if you’re tough enough to win, you will be. If I were running for President, I couldn’t care less what they’d toss my way. Because I’d have an answer. No excuses, no nonsense.

So you can cry that the media’s unfair, biased, and focuses on all the wrong things. You can punt till kingdom come. Or you can take the time to think about a solid response to questions about issues that we all know will come up…and hence prove that you are unstoppable.

Your choice. I know what I would do.

Jedediah Bila is co-host of “Outnumbered” on Fox News at 12pm ET. She is an author, columnist, and Fox News Contributor. Follow Jedediah on Twitter @JedediahBila.

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Jean
5 years ago

RE The Race to The White House 2016 edition ( Feb.2015 Amac. magazine) Ben Carson You say he is an unknown as to political clout – He headed up a group of Doctors who I’m sure each had their own agenda to form great successful surgeries LEADERSHIP. Of course if you never worked in a hospital you would not know how political they are. I’m sure the GOOD OLD BOYS club will not want him in their circle because he isn’t your typical politician. You really sound like your competitor AARC when you say people will look for a more… Read more »

Alfred Somerville
5 years ago

I agree completely that any viable candidate for any office should have a well-researched, coherent answer to any question that may be asked. There is too much phony “spin” being concocted by professional “spokespersons”, “press secretaries”, and other paid apologists. However, it is not “crying” to point out the truth about the left-wing bias of the so-called “major media”. While candidates who support traditional American values should be open and forthright about stating that support, it is up to voters to have a kind of personal version of Bill O’Reilly’s “no-spin-zone” where a candidate’s response is judged on its merits… Read more »

Paul
5 years ago

You think candidates should tell the voting public what they really think and believe about social issues? Me too, I can’t wait.

It won’t be long before some probable candidate says something about uncle sugar helping woman who can’t control their libido or gay marriage and bestiality are the same thing.

For some it might be a good idea to hide their views on social issues because they consistently fail to acknowledge that their views are not the views of the majority of Americans.

Gordon
5 years ago

Not only should they have a well thought out response, it should be what they actually believe instead of what they think they are supposed to say. An honest man who disagrees with me is more valuable to me than one who just parrots what he thinks I believe.

PaulE
5 years ago

Excellent article and this same exact advise should also apply to every single member of Congress as well. We’re all tired of the watching so-called “professionals” (the term is used very loosely here) who either stare blankly into the camera for several seconds or fumble to articulate something approaching a coherent response when asked a “gotcha question” from the progressive mainstream media. Every single Republican politician should know these type of questions are going to be asked of them. So there is NO EXCUSE for not having a well thought out response ready. If these people were business executives in… Read more »

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