While last night’s final Presidential debate may be the most visible example of politicians taking their message to the people, many politicians throughout the country got their chance to show their stuff this election on a much smaller stage, the local TV debate. Which begs the question, can a debate turn an election even on a local level and, most importantly, are they still relevant?
“I do think they are relevant,” Dennis House, anchor for Hartford, CT CBS affiliate WFSB, told TVSpy. “Even in a small state like Connecticut where the odds are greater that you will meet a candidate, it is still important to see them in action debating the issues.”
Dan Bradley, president and general manager of NBC affiliate WCMH in Columbus agrees. “I believe journalists have a responsibility to get the candidates to say something beyond their pat stump speeches and reality distorting commercial messages.”
You can watch the first of a series of Connecticut Senatorial debates with Dennis House as moderator after the jump.