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