Debates, for Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown, and for Us

Debating debates, for U.S. Senate and 3rd Middlesex Senate. Bring on the debates!

Once again, are getting more attention than the more important issues of how each would serve as U.S. Senator.

I say bring on the debates! Stop worrying about who is covering it, or whether the moderator is who you want it to be. A good debater can work with whatever they get.

One debate rule I really do support though is making sure candidates don't bring talking points with them to the podium. I hope both Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown agree not to bring notes with them. Candidates should be judged by their ability to think on their feet, and by what they already know. It simply isn't fair to voters to leave them with the impression that a candidate knows more than they actually do.

Bring on more debates!

Like Elizabeth Warren, I too had a debating scholarship to college. I love to debate, and as , I've really enjoyed the debates we've had so far. I'm calling for a debate in each of the towns in the district, with candidates having no notes other than those they take during the debate.

We just had one in Waltham last week, and it was very well-attended and very much appreciated. Let's have one in Lexington, too! Chelmsford, Bedford, Sudbury, Lincoln, Carlisle, and Weston also deserve debates. Concord has one tentatively scheduled for Aug. 15. But every town deserves an opportunity to hear from all the candidates, so let's have more!

If you're interested in helping set up a debate in your town, please write to me at Mara@MaraDolan.com.

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Tyler Jozefowicz June 28, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Can't wait for the discussion about the Kings and Queens that Brown met with in secret and solved the jobless problem. Perhaps he can tell us which Kings and Queens he met and how the discussion went ,in the interests of transparency.
Tyler Jozefowicz June 28, 2012 at 12:33 AM
and it goes without saying that Brown will vote whichever way David Koch, Grover Nordquist and the 1% tell him. Why? Because he already has.
x June 28, 2012 at 01:30 AM
It seems apparent Tyler and William would prefer total Democrat representation, House and Senate, for Massachusetts in Washington. More deep blue for the bluest state in the Union. Do they represent those riding in the wagon (government sector or entitlement dependents) or those pulling the wagon (private sector)? Perhaps their attitudes are shaped by youthful inexperience, misguided altruism, collective guilt or limousine liberalism. Your spiritual advisor, Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
William Crum June 28, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Reverend: I'm 54, independent and haven't said publicly who I support for Senate. Aren't churches and other tax exempts "in the wagon"? It's well documented that the leaders of many non profit organizations get exorbitant salaries and other perks, and that many charities waste a high percentage of their donations in ways that do not directly benefit the people and causes they purport to support! How much do you or your church pay in income or property taxes? Such hypocracy! William Crum
x June 29, 2012 at 02:41 AM
William, Your Father here at Our Lady of Perpetual Motion does not receive an exhorbitant salary. I'm gonna guess that you'd feel more comfortable in November just voting a straight up-and-down Democrat ticket. You probably will get a warm rosy glow pursuing the dream laid out by Elizabeth 'Pocahantas' Warren. Your spiritual advisor, Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III


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