RPD: Debate Rejection Is An Opportunity

86th in a 2022 Series*

On their 100th anniversary, the Lincoln-Douglas Debates were celebrated in a 1958 postage stamp.

Is the candidate-debate format ready to expire? Do newspapers have a replacement solution that fits under THE Community Forum umbrella? “The long-standing electoral tradition of political debates is on the wane,” reported the authoritative The Kiplinger Letter in its May 12th newsletter. “More and more candidates in high-profile races are shunning debates, preferring to spend time campaigning to friendly audiences and media.” Kiplinger added the trend is accelerating and cited rejections in several current Congressional and gubernatorial races. It also noted the “future of presidential debates is in question, too.” This is a time for newspapers to further sharpen how they cover elections so voters have the most thorough information on where candidates stand on issues and how they will represent citizens. Why? Numerous surveys show local voters consider newspapers their top source on campaign news and candidate details. It’s a distinction no one should take for granted given the trust factor. Be THE Community Forum, The Relevance Project asserts. There shouldn’t be a debate about that.

–Tom Silvestri, Executive Director, The Relevance Project

P.S. Check out THE Community Forum starter kit.

*ABOUT THE SERIES: Our goal is to share a Relevant Point of the Day (RPD) each weekday throughout 2022. Our target is at least 222. Thank you for supporting The Relevance Project. Your success is our focus.

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