10 Questions Every Candidate Should Be Prepared To Answer
In every campaign, you will face hundreds if not thousands of questions from reporters, citizens, voters, donors, supporters, and opponents. Some you will answer well. Others you will wish you had the chance to answer again. With a little bit of practice and preplanning, you can develop effective ways to articulate your beliefs, avoid missteps and be your campaign’s own best salesman.
These ten questions cover a wide range of campaign activity and are some of the most commonly asked of candidates in campaigns. Study them. Decide now how you would answer them. Practice.
Why are you running?
What is your greatest strength? What is your greatest weakness?
What is your opponent’s greatest weakness? What is your opponent’s greatest strength?
How will you establish an effective contrast to your opponent?
What is your campaign theme? What are the 3 to 5 core issues your campaign is about?
How will you assemble an army of volunteers and supporters to help you?
How many votes do you need to win?
How much money do you need to raise? Where will it come from?
How much money have you raised and how much do you have on hand?
When you win, how do you intend to make a difference?