Monday, September 22, 2014

Breaking: Finally, A Gubernatorial Debate

All the criticism aimed at Rick Snyder has had its impact. There will be at least one televised debate, utilizing a "town hall" format, on October 12 in Detroit broadcast on public television.
The two campaign agreed to have the editorial page editors of the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press as the moderators for a one-hour event. It will be broadcast at 6 p.m.
Significantly, the audience will consist of "undecided voters" as determined by pollsters from the two newspapers and not be screened by either campaign.
Schauer's campaign welcomed the agreement. Former state Senator Dianne Byrum said in a written statement
"We are excited that Michigan voters will be able to see the two candidates who want to be Michigan's governor sharing a stage to debate the issues that affect them and their families. Mark will share his vision of a building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, and the governor should be prepared to defend his record over the past four years. While it's great that this debate has been scheduled, we remain optimistic that there will be more debates between now and Election Day."
Chances for a second debate are slim. Snyder has been studiously avoiding debates and instead announced a series of ten "town hall" forums in which the audience would inevitably be hand-picked by the Snyder campaign.
Free Press editorial editor Stephen Henderson is happy to be part of the debate but laments that it isn't nearly enough. The Pulitzer Prize winning writer said it is long past time when control of debates was taken away from candidates and turned over to a non-partisan debate commission.

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