New commission aims to engage Utah political candidates in debate

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  • ronk-sandy SANDY, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 8:52 p.m.

    I don't know if candidates actually need to debate each other with back-and-forth sniping at each other, for I feel that what we really need to know is more about the background and qualifications of each candidate. Then we can get their statements on critical positions facing our State. Currently, we have a US President that was very good at sweet talk of speeches and bantering during debates, but had a weak resume of accomplishment. What would have happened if we as an electorate would push for stronger qualifications of our candidates with such as system as this format is pushing forward?

  • DavidMiller Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 4:03 p.m.

    It might be too late this year to pull together the planning and funding for it but I hope in the future this expands to include debates during primaries for statewide offices as well rather than allowing front-runners to do in primaries what Hatch did in both the primary and the general election (as noted in the article) in 2012. I think this commission is pointed in the right direction - trying to create a culture of debate and discussion - but with such single party dominance we need those debates to take place with primary challengers when there are any (use the same criteria they have proposed for these general election debates).