And Now, the Debate(s)

If you’ve tuned in for the new Fall TV lineups, you’ve probably also seen a bunch of political campaign ads. It’s that time of year again: the weeks before the election is when candidates want to define what you think of them. But what happened to debates? Remember when the candidates for office used to face off with each other, taking questions from voters and saying what they believed? Gov. Blagojevich and Treasurer Topinka announced months ago that they wanted a dozen debates; now, after tonight’s radio debate in Decatur, we’ll be lucky to see a direct conversation between the two main candidates (let alone one with Rich Whitney, or broadcast on TV in prime time). But those TV ads will run nonstop until Tuesday, November 7. If you’d like to know more about the candidates than what they tell you in a completely scripted, controlled ad, give’em a call and tell them to debate. For more on this topic, see Cindi Canary’s op-ed in today’s Crain’s.