Stuart Johnson, Deseret News
One of the most basic requirements of democracy is a well-informed electorate. Thus Mitt Romney and Barrack Obama will have three debates and so will Gov. Gary Herbert and Peter Cooke. However, there is no word of scheduled debates between Sen. Orrin Hatch and his Democratic opponent, Scott Howell.
The position of a U.S. senator is arguably more important than that of governor. Consequently, the voters of Utah deserve to see debates between Hatch and Howell at this critical time in our nation's history. The apparent decision not to debate is an affront to the voters of Utah and to the process of democracy in our state.
Howell has repeatedly offered to debate with Hatch, but no times have been announced. If there are to be debates, they should be on state-wide television in prime time, unlike the primaries when Hatch debated his opponent only once on radio station KSL early in the morning.
As citizens of Utah, let us hope that a schedule for televised debates will be announced shortly.
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