Televised debate key in educating voters

info@islandpacket.comApril 18, 2013 

In your April 13 edition, you had a brief story headlined "Sanford: Colbert Busch 'debate-dodging'."

It stated that Elizabeth Colbert Busch backed out of the only debate with Mark Sanford scheduled to be aired on TV because, according to Busch, she had a scheduling conflict.

It seems in resolving whatever conflict Busch may have had she has made it clear her priority in this case was not to give the general voting public an opportunity to evaluate the merits of each candidate's positions in a broader, televised debate forum.

One has to wonder what other matter was of a greater priority to Busch than to demonstrate an open accountability to a constituency she hopes to serve through the broadest possible debate forum available? Personally, I would like to hear more about her association with union organizers as referred to by Sanford.

Hopefully, WCBC and AARP would still be able to persuade Colbert Busch and Sanford to make a televised debate a top priority in their schedules before the May 7 election. The general voting public deserves no less.

Roland C. DuBay


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