This possible future presidential debate is based on segments from actual interview transcripts involving President Obama and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on April 14, 2011, and Donald Trump and Stephanopoulos on April 18, 2011.
The interview segments used in this “debate” have been repositioned slightly but without the altering of any real content. However, the questions from the moderator are fictionalized.
Moderator: Mr. President, do you believe America is on the decline?
Obama: You know countries used to look up to America as an example of a modern, well-functioning society, and now it seems like they have bigger plans then we do. That’s not the America I want to live in.
Moderator: And Mr. Trump, do you believe America is on the decline?
Trump: I look at what’s going on with our country. We’re like a third world nation.
This country is in such trouble. If you look at what China’s doing to us. If you look, I mean, look at what’s going on with gasoline prices. They’re going to go to $5, $6, $7 a gallon and we don’t have anybody in Washington that calls OPEC and says, “Fellas, it’s time. It’s over. You’re not going to do it anymore.” They’re not our friends. They wouldn’t even be there if it wasn’t for us.
Moderator: President Obama, why should the people vote to re-elect you?
Obama: Ultimately the American people understand this is a serious, sober time. They want an optimistic vision. That’s what this election is going to be about.
Moderator: Mr. Trump, why should the American people vote to elect you and do you think you will win?
Trump: Oh, I’m sure I will. You know what they get with me?
They get a guy that’s not going to let the world rip off the United States.
The world is ripping us off. I hate it.
Moderator: Mr. President, are you concerned about the strength of your opponent on the other side?
Obama: Right now I have such a big day job that I am not yet focused on what’s happening on the other side.
Moderator: Mr. Trump, how would you describe the state of our nation?
Trump: Ripped off by everybody because we have poor leadership.
Because we have people that don’t know what they’re doing.
Moderator: Mr. President, how do you think the American people envision their ideal president?
Obama: They want one that unifies the country, and more important than anything else, they want some answers to how we’re going to get the economy moving.
Moderator: Isn’t that what you have been trying to do for almost 4 years?
Obama: My suspicion is that anybody who is not addressing those questions is going to be in trouble.