The Sweep: What We Can Learn From Candidate Questionnaires

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to Iowa voters at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on March 10, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Ron Desantis made some news last week when he said, “While the U.S. has many vital national interests—securing our borders, addressing the crisis of readiness within our military, achieving energy security and independence, and checking the economic, cultural, and military power of the Chinese Communist Party—becoming further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not one of them.”

I found this statement fascinating. Not because of the substance—about which you can read any number of thought pieces—but because of where it came from. 

And this brings us to a fun conversation about “candidate questionnaires.” They’re a nuisance to all campaigns everywhere, and I’d like to explain why. 

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