by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Miss USA Beauty Pageant contestants faced tougher questions from judges than Hillary Clinton received from reporters Monday. At least half of the questions given to the beauty queens were timely and relatively difficult. …
… Question to Miss California: One of the biggest challenges facing the United States is social and economic inequality. How do we narrow the gap between the rich and the poor?
Answer: When it comes to social and economic equality, I think the poor and the rich need to stop being so segregated. I think there is a middle class. I think the rich need to — I think that the rich need to be able to be giving and I think the poor need to work hard, and I think the middle class need to come together and find an in between. Thank you.
Question to Miss Georgia: Over the last four years, 17 states have passed stringent voting laws. Many civil rights leaders believe we are making it too difficult for people to vote. What do you think?
Answer: I think it goes back to education. I think we need to start with the youth and we need to teach them how important voting is. I think that if we teach the how important it is and put that in our school systems, it will be a lot easier for people to understand how difficult voting can be and then we can educate everybody on that. Thank you. …
… Question to Clinton: Thoughts on being on the cusp of being the first woman nominee
Volunteers across all of these states and I’m gonna stay focused on the contests that are going to take place tomorrow. And I’ll have more to say about all this — obviously I was delighted to win Puerto Rico, delighted to win the Virgin Islands. We are moving forward every day, and you know, by tomorrow night I’ll have more to say about it. I want everyone in the states that vote tomorrow to come out in vote and bring their families and their friends and everybody else, because it’s not over til it’s over. And tomorrow is a really important day, particularly here in California.
Question to Clinton: Is it setting in that you might be making some serious big-time history tomorrow?
[Laughs] Well, I am obviously really excited about that. But I’m not letting myself focus on it yet because I want people to come out and vote tomorrow, particularly here in California. We have worked so hard. I have a huge number of supporters and organizers that are working as we speak to get out the vote, to get people to mail in their ballots who haven’t yet.