Da Majik Ninja [color=#80c0e0]here, in my first ATS Debate. I'd like to thank [/color]The Vagabond [color=#80c0e0]for allowing me the opportunity to participate. A respectful tip 'o the hat is also due to my colleague [/color]Animal - I look forward to this intellectual debate.
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The National Primaries are considered the first major step toward winning a seat in the Oval Office. The results of these primaries is what leads each political party to the decision of who they will nominate for their party ticket at their National Convention. In each state, voters decide whom they think should represent their party in the election. In some states, the outcome of the state primary may even "lock in" the vote at the National Convention.
However, the system has a flaw. States do not hold their primaries on the same day - some do it earlier than others. This presents a problem, as the outcomes of the earlier state primaries influence other voters in other states. The candidates themselves might even see failure in the early primaries as a sign that they should give up the race - even if he/she would have won the remaining states. This makes for a rather non-democratic approach, as the states with earlier primaries, in effect, get to influence which candidates drop-out.
As you might imagine, states fight over who gets to have the earlier primaries. It has turned into an all out political street fight to the point that State Convention delegates are having trouble maintaining control of the process.
To solve these problems, and to give every state fair representation, it is my position that there should be a single National Primary day.
The American people have expressed that this is what they want. A recent New York Times/CBS News poll concluded that three-quarters of the registered voters would rather have a single national primary day. Half of the voters surveyed by the poll said that states with early primaries have too much influence on who wins party nominations.
Even Senator Mel Martinez, R-Florida, has acknowledged the issue in a recent statement.
"For the future, we may need to think about how we control the process better and have maybe a national primary day." -- Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Florida
So not only is a single national primary day the will of the people, and the recommendation of congressional party delegates, it would also greatly simplify the entire process of organizing the primaries. States and party delegates would no longer have to squabble over who gets to go first, as everyone would go at the same time. This would promote fairness and a democratic approach. Any stance otherwise would be in favor of allowing some states to have more influence over who our Country's president will be.
Thank you for reading. We will now hear an opening statement from Animal.