The two US Senate candidates, Democrat Edward J. Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez, have so far agreed to only one debate — a June 5 showdown sponsored by WBZ-TV and The Boston Globe. Given the fast-approaching election day, June 25, more encounters are needed, and both sides need to work harder to make them happen.
Whether from voter fatigue or boredom with the choices, the public has barely tuned into this special election campaign. But the stakes are high, and the candidates have yet to engage each other on the major issues. Playing to various constituencies (as Markey has sought to do) and projecting a youthful, turn-the-page image (as Gomez has sought to do) are electoral strategies, not platforms.