My Contribution to the first debate — a draft of an opening statement for any who want it

I spent some time in my career as a speechwriter, so as a service to those 20 candidates who might need some help next week, here’s a draft opening statement for you.

As the first speaker in this first debate, I’d like to set the scene for tonight, and tomorrow night, and for the months to come.

I’m not going to talk about programs and plans and policies. I’m not even going to talk about why you should support me.