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Reasons for Brownback to debate

The Kansas City Star's Steve Kraske added his voice to those calling on Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., to schedule more debates with gubernatorial rival state Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, noting that Brownback "still has a little explaining to do on some key issues" such as school finance and tax policy. "A 'fair tax' or a flat tax, senator? No more corporate income tax?" Kraske asked. "He's talked around the edges on this issue. Exactly where he's headed remains a mystery. Come on. Leadership involves straight talk in tough times, and that's exactly where we find ourselves." As Fort Hays State University professor Chapman Rackaway argued in Sunday’s Opinion pages, “debates can turn leads into mandates,” and Brownback is making it seem as if the “campaign is scared of Holland — not a message it wants to send.”