This sounds like money well spent
When Abraham Lincoln debated Stephen Douglas in seven counties over three months in 1858, thousands packed town squares to hear the two men face off over three hours. And no one paid a dime for the pleasure.
Fast forward to Nov. 5th, when presidential aspirants Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain plan to meet in Texas for a one-on-one modified version of those famous debates—a chance, both of their camps say, to get beyond the quick punchlines and pointed questioning of the usual televised presidential debate.
The verbiage may be weightier, but so will the entry fee.
Bleacher seating at the Gingrich/Cain debate, hosted by the Texas Tea Party Patriots at the Woodlands Resort in Houston, costs a cool $200. The next step up, the $500 ticket, gets you “prime seating” and a ticket to the “Nite Cap party after the Debate,” says the group’s website. And for the really high rollers, $1,000 will get you “the best seating in the house for the debate” and “a professional picture taken with the candidates.”
The debate will focus on steps to rein in government spending and fix Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Cash earned from the verbal sparring match will go to support the tea party group’s “mission to organize, educate and inform our citizens regarding public policy, and to support the election of local, state and federal candidates who share our conservative values.”
While $200 may seem like a lot to watch a debate between two presidential candidates who will never be president, think of it instead as an elaborate comedy show. Watching two non-candidate candidates pretending that their book tours are actually presidential campaigns should carry enough entertainment to justify the price tag.