Editorial: Still time to debate

If you’re read­ing this on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon be­fore the Obama-Rom­ney de­bate and you’re think­ing about skip­ping the de­bate, think again. Watch it. You’ll learn something about two of the men who want to lead the na­tion. If you’re read­ing this after the big de­bate and you didn’t watch it but could have, shame on you. You missed out, but you can catch the re­main­ing two de­bates as well as the one set for the vice pres­id­en­tial hope­fuls. All four show­downs will make for a great Oc­to­ber.
What a trav­esty, however, that North­east Phil­adelphia voters ap­par­ently won’t get a chance to see a few oth­er de­bates much closer to home. U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, state Sen. Mi­chael Stack and state Rep. John Taylor — en­trenched politi­cians, all of them — are re­fus­ing to meet their chal­lengers in the Nov. 6 gen­er­al elec­tion, and that is bad news for voters.
What are they hid­ing? By de­priving voters of an op­por­tun­ity to see the in­cum­bents and their chal­lengers on an equal foot­ing in a pub­lic for­um — Obama/Rom­ney style — they are choos­ing to put polit­ic­al strategy ahead of their duty to the pub­lic. It’s the voters who lose.
Rep. Schwartz and Sen. Stack, both Demo­crats, and Rep. Taylor, a Re­pub­lic­an, have re­cords to stand on and, pre­sum­ably, to de­fend. Voters de­serve an op­por­tun­ity to size them up, in per­son, stand­ing side by side with their chal­lengers: Joe Rooney, Mike Tom­lin­son and Wil­li­am Dun­bar, re­spect­ively.
The in­cum­bents should not get out of the de­bates simply by whin­ing that they have no time. Con­gress, for in­stance, is on an­oth­er long, un­deserved re­cess (for cam­paign sea­son).
Voters, do not let the can­did­ates off the hook.
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