Yesterday, a website that prepares people to be better spokesmen for political candidates formulated a list of 10 questions that every aspiring politician should be prepared to answer, since there are media individuals who will ask them in virtually every campaign. So, as a public service to political candidates, I’ll be providing these questions to you. Don’t worry, following the last question, we’ll provide the answers so that nobody has to study.
The purpose of each of the questions is the same; how well does the politician relate to average voters.
Here are the questions:
1. What’s the minimum wage? Caution: this can be a trick question as some states have a higher minimum wage than the federal standard.
2. What’s the price of milk?
3. What’s the price of bread?
4. How much is a gallon of gas?
The following question, obviously, differs by location:
5. When was the last year the (local sports team) won the Championship?
The candidate must be able to answer the following questions, which can sometimes get tricky:
6. Why do you want to be a (whatever office you’re running for)?
7. What mistakes have you made, and what have you learned from them? When I used to hire people, I asked this at every interview. I didn’t really care what their mistakes were, I wanted to see if they would take personal responsibility for them instead of blaming others.
8. Who is your favorite Supreme Court Justice and why? Alternative form: What is your favorite/least favorite Supreme Court decision and why?
9. Who is your personal hero? The correct answer to this question is Roberto Clemente.
10. What newspapers do you read?
OK, here are the answers to questions 1-4.
1. $7.25 per hour.
2. $3.50 per gallon of milk.
3. $1.40 a loaf is the answer that the website says is right. I do most of the food shopping for us, and I would have guessed closer to $3 per loaf.
4. $3.87 per gallon of gas.