Why debate Corroon when the only direction Herbert could go is down?
I think a dozen debates is about right for a statewide election like this. Herbert will naturally want fewer, but the public interest is served with more.
Corroon needs Herbert to get a crowd.
It would become very boring. People won't really be interested who have not already decided until about a month before the election
How many debates do you need to cry about Utah's last-in-the-nation per student spending?
The only way Corroon can win is find some glaring mistake that Herbert might make. It helps Corroon to probe for that mistake with more debates. It helps Herbert to have fewer debates.
It sounds like the Corroon campaign staff sat on its hands for a period before answering the Governor's proposal of eight debates. Now, after coming up with a political strategy, the Corroon staff wants to make Herbert look like he is hiding. Eight formal debates are plenty.
Each should focus on a separate critical issue facing the State and a General debate just addressing questions from Audience.
That many organizations have already asked to hold debates, and more asks are sure to come. Since the race covers the entire state, there should be enough debates in varied locations for every voter to be able to attend one.
8? What a sissy.
The issues are very complex and, I believe, deserve as much exposure as possible.
It really depends on how they are done. If debates are held by region, but are broadcast throughout the state, then the lower number works. If they are not broadcast, then there should be more so more voters can see the candidates.
This topic shows you just who is willing to be our next Governor and how bad they want it. and the other just thinks he has it all wrapped up and just wants to be our king.
Given one minute television news stories and 140 word SL Trib stories, it would be refreshing to see how candidates actually think and analyse different questions. Not how their debate prep coach tells them to answer.
There are many interested organizations that have requested debates on different topics. The citizens should be able to get the candidates' viewpoints on different issues through multiple debates.
Utah could benefit from a good road show from these two candidates.
Depends on the circumstances of each race and the candidates involved. In this race, given the very partisan nature, the only critical audience would be the independents who could go either way
When voters are undecided or uncertain, they pay more attention to debates. And with no elected incumbent, more voters are likely undecided.
The value of a debate is dictated by the questions asked and the moderator.
Debates show a candidate's command of the issues but also their personality
It depends on whether debates are broadcast widely during primetime. If so, then they can be important since only half or fewer of voters turn out for a midterm election.
Debates are great if they are reported on by the press. If no press, then they are worthless.
The biggest problem with political debates is the media wants them to fit into an advertised based operation, and poltical ideas and policy aren't good at being shoe horned in.
Debates are helpful for unaffiliated voters who are somewhat engaged and want to learn more about all the candidates in a race. The partisans have already made up their minds. I think Corroon should focus on debates in non Salt Lake County areas that could possibly help him (i.e. Carbon & Grand County).
The media cares more than voters, but that is a good thing since it is the media who relay to voters the candidates positions. Debates give them some context.
It is a great way for voters to hear about issues directly from the candidates.
They only matter when there's a big gaffe.
Don't underestimate how the debates are good for the candidates too. It forces them to prepare and know where they stand on the broad array of issues.
Sometimes, a candidate can lose ground with a poor showing, but rarely will there be a clear winner.
Too often, the debates just rehash the same questions again and again.
Only if they are polling a major portion of the vote.
It should be up to the sponsor to pick who is included. It's fair to have a mix -- some debates with third-party, some with the main two.
If there is a significant third-party candidate, it would be inappropriate for such a candidate to be excluded, however, since most of the debates are sponsored by private groups, they should be free to make whatever arrangements they want. If the invited candidates don't want to appear under the proposed arrangements, then they can decline.
Third party candidates should be included, but only if they have a substantial amount of support within the electorate. Otherwise, the debate includes a bunch of candidates who have no support and then take away the opportunity for voters to hear from candidates who have a chance of winning.
Should we not allow anyone that will be on the ballot to be involved if they so choose, isn't this America?
The more the merrier, provided they are a puppet for one campaign or the other.
Respondents include -
Fred Adams, Stuart Adams, Jess Agraz, Jeff Alexander, Patrice Arent, Bruce Baird, Tom Barberi, Jeff Bell, Tom Berggren, Mike Bertelsen, Rob Bishop, Laura Black, Chris Bleak, Curt Bramble, Ralph Brown, Dave Buhler, Ken Bullock, Ric Cantrell, Maura Carabello, Jason Chaffetz, Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Lou Ann Christensen, David Clark, Peter Corroon, Lew Cramer, Richard Davis, Brad Daw, Alan Dayton, Margaret Dayton, Brad, Dee, Joseph Demma, John Dougall, Randy Dryer, Donald Dunn, Becky Edwards, Wendy Fisher, Ronald Fox, Natalie Gochnour, David Hansen, Jeff Hartley, Jeff Hatch, Lyle Hillyard, Bruce Hough, Scott Howell, Eric Jergensen, Mike Jerman, Kirk Jowers, Chris Kyler, Fred Lampropoulos, Douglas Larson, Larry Lunt, Matt Lyon, Ben McAdams, Gayle McKeachnie, JT Martin, Ethan Millard, Brett Millburn, Karen Morgan, Mike Mower, Val Oveson, Scott Parson, Jason Powers, Lauren Richards, Robin Riggs, Don Savage, Bryan Schott, Patrick Shea, Tim Sheehan, Randy Shumway, Soren Simonsen, Mike Styler, Todd Taylor, Gary Thorup, Michael Waddoups, Chuck Warren, Christine Watkins, LaVarr Webb, Todd Weiler, Ted Wilson, Carl Wimmer, Mike Winder, Thomas Wright