By Tom Quiner
Four Republicans are brilliant debaters: Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina.
The Christie and Fiorina campaigns are lagging far behind. According to the Real Clear Politics average, Fiorina stands at 3.8% and Christie at 2%.
By Contrast, Rubio is in 3rd place (behind Carson and Trump) at 11% and Cruz is at 8.8%.
Here is an idea that could boost the efforts of Fiorina or Christie: one of them should challenge Bernie Sanders to a good old-fashioned one-on-one debate.
Mr. Sanders’ campaign needs a boost too. The RCP average has him trailing Hillary Clinton 54% to 32%.
An inter-party debate at this stage would garner publicity for each of these candidates. Conservative voters, in particular, are tuning in to debates this election cycle. Granted, much of that is the Donald Trump effect. Nonetheless, the novelty of a Bernie Sanders going against a Carly Fiorina would generate a lot of interest from voters on both sides of the aisle and potentially boost each of their campaigns.
This isn’t a new idea. In inter-party campaign debate took place in 1988. I was there. It took place at Drake University here in Des Moines, Iowa, between Jack Kemp and Richard Gephardt. Kemp was a candidate at the time for the Republican presidential nomination, and Gephardt for the Democratic nomination.
It was a strong debate between two friendly rivals in a packed hall.
A Fiorina/Sanders debate, or even a Christie/Sanders debate, would seem like a fresh idea today.
If you like this idea, contact their campaigns and suggest it.