Republican presidential candidate John McCain said on Thursday that, if elected, he would like to take a page from the British government and appear in question-and-answer sessions with lawmakers.
"I will ask Congress to grant me the privilege of coming before both houses to take questions, and address criticism, much the same as the prime minister of Great Britain appears regularly before the House of Commons," McCain said in excerpts of a speech he is to deliver later in Columbus, Ohio.
Although U.S. presidents deliver annual "State of the Union" speeches to Congress at the start of each year, those formal addresses do not include a question-and-answer session
I still haven't digested this one yet but it seems like a horrible idea.
First, granting some first term loony Senator or Congressmen access to question the POTUS (which will quickly delude into a 10 min diatribe on his pet grievance) will prove to be a complete waste of time!
Second, If McCain wants to take questions he should invite both party's leadership to a regular meeting at the White House where they can ask questions from their members on his terms and turf.
This could turn into a political nightmare!
DocJ - chiming in: I'm with you on this one, Steve - this is a God-awful horrible idea. We don't have a parlimentary system and I hate that we're already well on our way to the Judiciary becoming a "super-legislature" - further bluring of the lines between the branches is beyond counterproductive.