Want to watch a real debate between a Republican and a Democrat about Connecticut’s future?
So far in this campaign season, with so much at stake, organizers of debates like this one have worked hard to keep people asleep rather than bringing opposing viewpoints, passion, and respectful disagreement from the fore. (Republican gubernatorial candidates are set to debate at the Shubert Theater and on WTNH Monday night at 7.)
On Monday two people deeply involved in the 2018 statewide elections — GOP Party Chairman J.R. Romano and Democratic New Haven State Rep. Roland Lemar — showed what a real debate looks and sounds like.
They found some turf for agreement: Like that raising the minimum wage to $15 wouldn’t go far in addressing the roots of poverty. And much to disagree about: Like whether that is still a much-needed raise for families finding it hard to pay the bills, or a counterproductive measure that’ll set people further back.
They also previewed themes you’ll be hearing a lot about this fall, about the need for a new vision for the state, how best to shore up state pension fudns (cut? find new revenue streams like utility surcharges?), and the competing legacies of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and President Donald Trump
They debated on WNHH FM’s “Dateline New Haven” program. Click on the above audio file or the Facebook LIve video below to hear/watch the whole debate.