(The following was originally published in The Bangor Daily News.)
We’re not surprised, but we’re still deeply disappointed the major-party candidates in Maine’s gubernatorial race largely are shying away from debates with their rivals as a matter of strategy.
At this point, it appears that four debates among the three candidates vying for victory in November are on the schedule. But those debates are all slated for October, long after voters will have started to cast absentee ballots.
Voters deserve to hear early and often from the three men who seek to lead the state through the next four years. Debates featuring all three offer voters the best chance to compare their options, hear the candidates respond to a wide range of questions without exclusively relying on prepared talking points, and react to on-the-spot pressure and surprises.