In our state the two candidates for govenor can not seem to come to terms for a face to face debate. The local radio station had a call in discussion about this and it was brought up that political "debates" are rarely of substance. I had not thought of this before but I tend to agree. The candidates rarely answer questions directly, instead they reframe the question to regurgitate their talking points and throw in a couple of zingers along the way. I have rarely heard anything of substance during one of these "debates" and I can't recall having heard anything that sways my opinion one way or the other. Do you find that politicians debating provides any useful information and does it help you come to a more informed decision?