It was absolutely tacky and shameless for ABC to have George Stephanopoulos read their new Iowa poll while introducing the candidates. The point of a debate is that viewers have an opportunity to weigh the candidates on their own merits, free from press spin and poll numbers, and see them as human beings running for office. Instead, even this small hour-and-a-half oasis was ruined.

Hopefully, this will never happen again. Sadly, I suspect it will become the new big thing.

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