More debates and more democracy
June 14, 2012
The Washington Post reports, "The general election for U.S. Senate officially kicked off Wednesday morning with Democrat Tim Kaine announcing that he would agree to eight broadcast debates. The debates, which will be aired on TV and radio across the state, will be held in geographically diverse regions of the state and are sponsored by a cross-section of organizations."
Progressive Point: The right to vote and choose our leaders is at the heart of what it means to be a Virginian and an American. Making an informed choice requires having access to all the facts, not just the ones corporate-funded Super PACs care to share.
Politicians may be able to rely on shadowy Super PACs to launch their negative attacks for them, but the candidates still have to face the voters. Multiple televised debates will allow voters to hear from the candidates themselves--not more partisan attack ads. Virginians deserve to hear candidates' answers first hand about how they'll work for our families. Virginia has never solved anything with less democracy or less inclusion, and we won't now.
Get the Facts: According to the Washington Post, the proposed eight debates are: