[Editor’s Note: Democratic candidate and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley dropped out after the Iowa caucuses.]
Explore This IssueACEP Now: Vol 35 – No 02 – February 2016
Stay tuned as the political pressure builds during the upcoming few months. Stay informed by watching the debates and checking out the details on each candidate’s website and press releases.
Dr. Cirillo is director of health policy and legislative advocacy for US Acute Care Solutions/EMP in Canton, Ohio, and chair of the ACEP Federal Government Affairs Committee.
D.C. Office Perspective
By Gordon B. Wheeler
Hats off to Tony for tackling a controversial and constantly changing subject. Less than three weeks ago, Ben Carson was the talk of the airwaves. And now, he’s all but gone. Ted Cruz was supposedly going to take care of Donald Trump in Iowa, and while Cruz won, Trump is still in the race. Have any of the well-read and learned political pundits gotten any of this right? As far as I can tell, not one. Chuck Todd, NBC News’ political director and moderator of Meet the Press, has been saying for months that it’s only a matter of time before Trump flops. I think that’s completely wrong.
One of the most illusive challenges this cycle is determining who’s telling the truth. When candidates ask one another if their position on an issue is X, you never get a straight answer. In fact, there may only be a simple denial and then they move on to another issue. If you’re like me, you’d like to know where to go to separate fact from fiction. You could go to each of the candidates’ websites and do your own research. I suggest you go to www.factcheck.org, a nonpartisan project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. It monitors the “factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.”
Mr. Wheeler is ACEP’s associate executive director for public affairs.