I’m just putting this out there: political parties post their platforms on their websites. You don’t look like an engaged voter simply by asking a candidate “What is your party’s position on the environment / crime / taxes / elephants?”, you look like something who cannot do basic research. By all means, ask policy specific questions that cannot be answered by the website content, but for the love of all things democratic, it will not kill you to do a little bit of reading prior to asking the question you think is groundbreaking and revelatory.
You know when they say “You get the government you deserve”? It’s because of people like this. This is why we can’t have nice things (or non-fascist governments).