The media moderators of Democratic presidential debates need to steer the discussion in that direction – toward a discussion that demands a demonstrated, comprehensive command of the serious threats to American national security and economic security. The moderators must seek concrete responses to these macro-level challenges from each aspirant rather than allowing candidates to "skate by" with disconnected 60-second micro-level, tactical plans.
If Democrats cared about good government, heck if Republicans did either – they would find the low viewership of the six presidential primary debates to date with alarm. What's driving the limited value of these presidential debates? The media.
Itt is unlikely that John Kennedy would have put himself forward as a candidate in 2016. His personal life was just too messy. But 1960 journalism was still the province of ideas and solutions – not salacious gossip. In 2016 "news" has been transformed into a place where entertainment trumps substance. Irrelevant sensationalism discourages the average voter -- concerned about the economic security and physical safety of his/her own family -- from participating. Don't be fooled -- every vote matters -- even if you can't vote for either Clinton or Trump! PLEASE VOTE!