Reader's View: Don’t let candidates opt out of debates

Farmfest did not ask candidates to come and answer their questions; they told them when they would be asking their questions.

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The most important regular task for a citizen in a democratic republic is to vote for those to represent the citizens in government. Today that task is more difficult as candidates duck debates and joint appearances to answer questions.

Without these appearances, voters are left largely with party labels and negative ads to make these important electoral decisions.

In Minnesota, the organizers of Farmfest seem to have an answer to this problem. It appears they do not ask candidates to come and answer their questions; they tell them when they will be asking their questions. This year, in 100-degree heat, most of the statewide candidates showed up. It sounded like a couple provided a doctor’s excuse.

Craig Grau



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