Our Ask Candy segment is back. Thanks for all the questions. This week Candy answers one question each from Twitter and Facebook.
Facebook Question from Andy Olsen:
Does CNN ever address the Citizens United decision or the rapidly growing role of money in politics? Should elections be decided by the party with the biggest bankroll or the best ideas?
CNN did one of our “In Depth” series on money in politics when the presidential primary season began. It involved reports, debates and interviews across programming, for a week with frequent references to and explanations of the Citizens United decision from the Supreme Court, essentially green lighting unlimited spending in the federal political process by individuals, corporations or unions so long as they are acting independently of candidates.
It normally comes up quite a bit in stories anyway because of the vast amount of money now being spent in politics by these third party groups. I know we will do more as we move along. Is there a particular aspect that you’d like to see explored?
If you are thinking of the Wisconsin recall race where Republican Governor Scott Walker won and outspent his challenger, Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett , 7 or 8 to 1, consider this: The exit polls show 86 percent of voters said they made up their mind before May 1st, before the bulk of the TV and radio ads aired.
As for your last question, I think most people, including me, would tell you they want elections to be about ideas. I am imagining you think that too.
I am not an economist, but heaven knows I talk to a lot of them on and off the TV. Almost to a man/woman they tell me it would be a disaster first for Greece and secondly for the EU.