Some voters expect candidates within their political party to be agreeable or chummy when seeking a political office. But complete unity — for the sake of he party — is not a wise practice on the campaign trail.

In fact, candidates should take each other to task so that voters can better evaluate their choice for an important office, such as the presidency.

Republicans seeking the Grand Old Party’s nomination for the presidency are showing voters an encouraging amount of diversity in their views concerning the future of the nation. Two debates have seen several of the candidates speak candidly, even bluntly, about issues and their rival’s records of public service.

Watching Ron Paul spar with Rick Perry, or Perry directing a political punch at Mitt Romney are meaningful moments in the spirit of the American campaign season.

If the only focus of the candidates was chiding President Obama, not much value would be found in their candidates. And yes, Obama is an obvious target for the GOP, but first the candidates must trim their own field to get a chance to go head-on with the president.

Plenty of topics are on the agenda for candidates to dissect: war, trade deficits, national deficits, Social Security, Medicare, and employment. The long campaign season is the time for candidates to come out swinging for the benefit of the voters.

With so much focus on this race, evaluations of plans and statements will be frequent as the public attempts to separate truth from rhetoric.

The spirit of this heated race for the Republican nomination is just what America needs. Statesmanship and sensible compromises are the business of those who hold office. Tough debate and contention is for those seeking office.

Considering the tone of this race, local candidates for office should also be willing to campaign aggressively and challenge opponents to debate issue. When the dust settles, voters will have a better view of who deserves their votes.

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