The Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro:
Our view on debates is far less about who will win or lose, though we always support a lively discussion that highlights the differences in how one would approach the many issues and challenges our nation faces.
Campaigns these days often fall into the trap of attack, undercut and generally tear the opponent down, rather than promote one’s own ideas and plans. Debates cut through some of the clutter caused by negative campaigning by the big-dollar PACs.
The Times editorial page of the Chattanooga Times Free Press:
Voters, not DesJarlais, should determine if Stewart provides “clarity on the issues.” The best way for them to do that would be to see and hear the candidates debate. DesJarlais apparently is afraid to do so, though his campaign spokesman tried to put a more positive spin on the refusal. Brandon Lewis says DesJarlais will evaluate the question of debate “later in the campaign.” Yeah, right.