It’s the game in which I give you the answers that a select politician gave during an interview, and you guess who the politician is. Are you ready? Well, let’s play!
First question: America has lost a lot of friends because President George W. Bush angered, indeed outraged, them. He allowed human rights to be violated at Guantanamo Bay, and he dismissed the joint effort to combat global warming. Under a President [Myster Politician}, could we expect a change of course?
Mystery Politician: Yes. I would announce that we are not ever going to torture anyone held in American custody. I would announce that we were closing Guantanamo Bay and moving those prisoners to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and I would announce a commitment to addressing climate change and my dedication to a global agreement — but it has to include India and China.
Answer: A) Hillary Clinton; B) John Edwards; C) John McCain; D) Ron Paul
Second Question: Will America attempt to go it alone less frequently in the future?
Mystery Politician: Well, we all hope that America will be multilateral again in the future. There were times when the United States acted unilaterally, but I think we would all prefer to work in concert with our friends and allies.
Answer: A) Barack Obama; B) Hillary Clinton; C) Mike Huckabee; D) John McCain
Third Question: So is America coming back to renegotiate the Kyoto Protocol?
Mystery Politician: I believe America is going to enter into negotiations to try to reach a global agreement. But, as I said, that agreement must include India and China, two of the emerging economies of the world. We would be foolish not to do so.
Answer: A) Al Gore; B) John McCain; C) Dennis Kucinich; D) Hillary Clinton
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I guess it won't come as much of a surprise to the reader(s) of this blog as to who the politician in question is. Read the whole interview.
Another fascinating tidbit you'll find is that the politician in question (if you haven't really figured it out by now, you need a Diet Coke to get your brain working or something), denies that he has a temper. He says the various reports of his, for example, screaming profanities at his colleagues are "...completely false and orchestrated by my political opponents." I've linked this article before, but it's a nice roundup of those smears by his "political opponents":
Why does...the politician in question...deny things that he has already said multiple times to the press (e.g. his not being well-versed in economic matters), or which have already been reported on multiple times by the press (e.g. his temper tantrums)?
Also, why does he give an interview like this, which simply reaffirms some conservatives' complaints about him, on the day of the Potomac Primary?
Maybe he thought that Americans wouldn't see the interview since it appeared in a German paper. Many people of his generation are confused about how information travels these days via the Interweb.