GOP preparing for contested convention

Daily News Article - December 14, 2015


PLEASE NOTE:  Next week look for a special Christmas post. Regular "Daily News Articles" will resume Monday, January 11.  (Also, look for our "2015 Year in Review" news quiz in January as well.) 

1. Define the following words as used in the article:

2. What did Republicans discuss during their monthly RNC meeting in Washington last week? Be specific.

3. a) Why don't RNC Leaders want to appear to be taking sides in the nomination of the candidate?
b) Why do you think RNC leaders don’t want Donald Trump to be the Republican nominee?

4. What would have to occur for a brokered convention to take place?

5. Why is there no chance for a brokered convention for the Democratic Party nominee?

6. Do you agree with conservative radio host Bill Bennett’s assertion about the conventions? Explain your answer.

7. If you were a Republican voter, would you want the Republican establishment to determine who the candidate will be if Trump gets the most votes but not enough to win the nomination outright? Explain your answer.

CHALLENGE: Watch tomorrow night’s debate between the candidates. Pay attention to the questions the moderators ask. Fill in the “Presidential Primary Debate” chart for the questions below:

1. List the candidates who took part in this debate.

2. List three questions asked by the moderator(s).

3. Which question do you think was the most important? Explain your choice.

4. For which question(s) did one or more candidates not give a direct answer, or not clearly answer the question?

5. A debate moderator’s role is to act as a neutral participant in a debate, to hold participants to time limits and to try to keep them from straying off the topic of the questions being raised in the debate. Do you think the moderator(s) in this debate fulfilled this role? Explain your answer.

6. a) Do you think the questions chosen by the moderator(s) helped viewers understand the candidates’ positions on foreign and domestic issues? Explain your answer.
b) Were the moderator’s questions fair to every candidate? Explain your answer.