Let's have another debate!

Sure, most of the GOP presidential debates have been shallow, pandering enterprises. But if Romney and Santorum go mano a mano...

Edward Morrissey

For most of this presidential cycle, the suggestion that Republicans needed more debates would have been met with laughter, derision, anger, or a combination of all three. At times, the candidates met more than once in a week for formal or informal debates, most of which have now mainly disappeared from memory, save for a few embarrassing gaffes or brief moments of glory. From September 2011 to the week before the Arizona and Michigan primaries last month, the candidates never went more than three weeks without a formal debate, save for the Christmas holidays.

That is, until now. The last debate was in Arizona four weeks ago Wednesday, and at least one of the Republican candidates wants to put another on the schedule. On Sunday, Rick Santorum challenged Mitt Romney to a one-on-one debate during his appearance on ABC's This Week. Calling Romney a "weak candidate," Santorum said Romney was "hiding" behind billionaires on the campaign trail and needed to be called to account. "I'd love to be able to get one-on-one with Gov. Romney," Santorum told the ABC audience, "and expose the record that would be the weakest record we could possibly put up against Barack Obama."

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for HotAir.com. His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.