Iraq Do-Over? How Candidates Handle Hypothetical Questions
Reporters love to ask them. Politicians hate to answer them. Do hypothetical questions tell us anything useful about candidates?By Elizabeth Hagedorn | May 15, 2015
"Governor, if Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?" debate moderator Bernard Shaw said.
"No, I don't, Bernard, and I think you know that I oppose the death penalty," presidential candidate Michael Dukakis said. (Video via CNN)
If Michael Dukakis' robotic and clumsy response to that question taught future politicians anything about hypotheticals, it's to avoid them when possible.