Voters deserve thorough debate on critical issues

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2004

At the rate that President Bush and John Kerry have been duking it out lately with personal and nasty exchanges, the 2004 presidential campaign could wear out voters long before the Nov. 2 election.

The kind of in-your-face sniping that's been occurring lately is usually seen in the fall as Election Day nears. At this point, eight months out, the candidates typically are busy raising campaign funds and staking out their positions.

It's obvious that both camps have concluded that it's more important to go on the offensive and let no assertion by the other side go unchallenged...

OK. There's more than a grain of truth in the back and forth. Still, the candidates need to talk more about the future. There's no shortage of critical issues: Iraq, the Middle East, the economy, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and homeland security top the list.

Enough of the ''Liar, liar, pants on fire'' sniping.

Voters deserve better.

The Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, N.Y.

March 19

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