From Other Editors: King and Mowrer need to debate

Famine or feast seems an apt description for candidate debates in our congressional district.

In his first four campaigns for re-election, Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King did not debate his Democratic opponent.

Last year, King and challenger Christie Vilsack debated seven times.

With this year’s election less than 11 weeks away, no debates are scheduled between King and his Democratic opponent, Jim Mowrer.

Our question: Why not?

As we have said many times in this space, the time-honored tradition of public debates demonstrates respect for voters, respect between candidates and respect for the election process itself.

Voters in our district want and expect opportunities to take the measure of their U.S. House candidates within the unique context of face-to-face public debate.

In our view, debates between King and Vilsack two years ago were valuable contributions to the 4th District U.S. House race.

We do not wish to see a return to the debateless election campaigns of this district’s recent past. Voters here deserve better.

How many times should the two candidates debate? Perhaps the seven of 2012 was excessive, but we prefer too many debates to no debates.

Let’s just say we urge the King and Mowrer campaigns to work hard at scheduling some number of debates greater than zero.