With five weeks left in the closely watched race and at least 17 scheduled debates remaining, front-runner Mr. Tory said in a statement Wednesday that he has decided “to review on a case-by-case basis whether to attend debates that don’t exclusively feature the three main contenders.”
If you're not a contender, it's not worth my time to debate with you. Unless you come to my office, you know, and harass me, which is the way to get ahead.
Good politics? Maybe. But it's also what's wrong with our system. When the top dogs can't be bothered to engage with those who've gone to the trouble, against the odds, to mount a political campaign and team in pursuit of elected office, what hope do folk from marginalized communities without resources or refined language have?
Leaders don't wait for people to come to them, nor ignore forums where only "lesser contenders" are present.
Leaders walk with the people.