2016 Elections

One Question to Make Debates Worth Watching

Better still: Get rid of the time limits and let candidates really argue.

Lincoln and Douglas didn't need all this stuff.

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There’s a question that won’t be asked in Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential “debate” -- it’s never asked -- but we’d all be better served should the moderator offer it up. If and when the stage gets small enough, the same challenge could be tossed to the Republican candidates. The question I have in mind is, in a sense, the only one that matters -- a question that helps us figure out whether each aspirant wants to be leader of a party or president of a country.

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