Why Can’t Candidates Bring Their Team on Stage with Them at Debates?

by | Nov 16, 2015 | Leadership

As I view the various televised political debates I wonder why each candidate cannot bring her/his team with them.  Once elected we expect each successful candidate to form a team of advisors to assist in analyzing issues (e.g., social, education, community, economic, political, religion, family, etc.) and making decisions, so why do we expect each candidate during a debate to answer every question regardless of the issue?

For me the more realistic debate scenario is to allow, encourage or require each candidate to bring their team of advisors to accompany them during the debate to respond to specific questions in their areas of expertise.  As we watch local, state and federal hearing each elected officials often has a team with them to assist them to ask questions, respond to questions, share research, offer policy options and ensure the official has the best information on hand to effectively participate in deliberations and decision making.

I know this would make the stage much bigger and the time for each candidate to respond to a question much longer but to me it better demonstrates how the candidate will actually govern by engaging prospective members of their team.

Terry Pickeral
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Terry Pickeral

Terry Pickeral, has extensive experience in policy development, advocacy, education reform, youth leadership, teaching and learning strategies, education collaborations, evaluation and civic development. His commitment is to ensuring schools create and sustain quality teaching and learning environments for all students to be successful in school and contribute to their communities as active principled citizens.
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