Once again, Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown's debating plans are getting more attention than the more important issues of how each would serve as U.S. Senator.
I say bring on the debates! Stop worrying about who is covering it, or whether the moderator is who you want it to be. A good debater can work with whatever they get.
One debate rule I really do support though is making sure candidates don't bring talking points with them to the podium. I hope both Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown agree not to bring notes with them. Candidates should be judged by their ability to think on their feet, and by what they already know. It simply isn't fair to voters to leave them with the impression that a candidate knows more than they actually do.
Bring on more debates!
Like Elizabeth Warren, I too had a debating scholarship to college. I love to debate, and as a candidate for the Massachusetts State Senate, 3rd Middlesex District, I've really enjoyed the debates we've had so far. I'm calling for a debate in each of the towns in the district, with candidates having no notes other than those they take during the debate.
We just had one in Waltham last week, and it was very well-attended and very much appreciated. Let's have one in Lexington, too! Chelmsford, Bedford, Sudbury, Lincoln, Carlisle, and Weston also deserve debates. Concord has one tentatively scheduled for Aug. 15. But every town deserves an opportunity to hear from all the candidates, so let's have more!
If you're interested in helping set up a debate in your town, please write to me at Mara@MaraDolan.com.