Some day soon we’ll be rolling out our endorsement in the governor’s race. But for now, we’ve posted excerpts of our interviews with Gov. Gregoire (Sept. 11) and Dino Rossi (Oct. 2) on YouTube.
Our candidate interviews usually are unscripted, free-flowing exchanges, but in this case we developed a set of six questions we made sure to ask each candidate. We didn’t share the questions with either campaign ahead of time – so unless Gregoire was comparing notes with Rossi after her interview, neither candidate had a chance to prep (although they’ve certainly had plenty of experience answering a few of these questions).
To lead off, here’s them answering a question submitted by a reader in response to a call we issued in August. Derek Young of Gig Harbor was the big winner with this query:
“Is it more important for a governor to lead, or to follow popular opinion?” (We added: If you believe the former, give an example of a decision or action that you knew would not be popular but that you thought was important for the greater good).