Debate elements

What does a high quality debate look like? 

WA State Debate Coalition

In order to challenge prevailing trends and power dynamics that reduce political transparency, candidate accountability and public participation, we have established the following criteria for high quality political debates:

– Incumbents and challengers both participate

– Short answer and in-depth discussions of our most challenging issues

– Broad distribution through a variety of mediums

– Varied formats with public engagement elements

– Geographic diversity

"Giving the voters the opportunity to see and hear our candidates debate the issues is the essence of democracy. This creation of the Washington State Debate Coalition fills this vital need.  It has my enthusiastic support.” 
– Bill Ruckelshaus