Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Scott Brown Comes to Town:) For Kirk

RCP on the tour of Blue States. Sean Trende on what Brown's win may portend for the fall.

Then there's Alexi--ducking debates--nothing to run on, hmm, Alexi. Nothing credible to say. Are you getting even creepier.

From Kirk for Senate:

Will Giannoulias Duck Debates Until October?

After skipping Ottawa debate and withdrawing from U.S.-Israel candidate forum, will Giannoulias skip next week’s debate in Springfield?

Kirk: “Why does Giannoulias refuse to debate the issues?”

Northbrook, Ill. – Congressman Mark Kirk today urged his opponent, Alexi Giannoulias, to accept an invitation for a wide-ranging debate in Springfield next week. The statement comes on the four-week anniversary of Kirk’s original debate proposal, which included a debate in Ottawa on August 21st and a U.S.-Israel candidate forum in Northbrook on August 22nd. Giannoulias skipped the Ottawa debate and withdrew from the Northbrook forum.

“With unemployment over 10 percent, spending out of control and U.S. forces engaged overseas, voters deserve a thoughtful series of debates and forums to discuss the complex economic and foreign policy challenges before us,” Congressman Kirk said. “Illinois voters are left with a simple question: Why does Alexi Giannoulias refuse to debate the issues?”

The September 2nd debate in Springfield would be hosted by WICS-TV, the Citizens Club of Springfield and the University of Illinois-Springfield. A running “debate ducking” clock is posted on the Kirk campaign website.

Early voting begins on October 12th in Illinois. The following debates and forums were proposed by Kirk for Senate on July 27th.

August 21: A foreign policy focused debate in Ottawa, Illinois hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (and potentially the Ottawa Times). – GIANNOULIAS REFUSED

August 22: A Middle East policy candidate forum in Northbrook, Illinois hosted by To Protect Our Heritage and several local synagogues. – GIANNOULIAS WITHDREW

August 25: An agriculture and jobs candidate forum in Bloomington, Illinois hosted by the Illinois Farm Bureau. – GIANNOULIAS COMMITTED (NOT A JOINT APPEARANCE)

September 2: A wide-ranging debate in Springfield, Illinois (proposed hosts: WICS-TV, the Citizens Club of Springfield and the University of Illinois-Springfield). – NO GIANNOULIAS RESPONSE

October 15: An economic policy focused debate in Alton, Illinois (proposed host: KTVI Fox St. Louis). – NO GIANNOULIAS RESPONSE

October 19: A wide-ranging debate in Chicago, Illinois hosted by the League of Women Voters and ABC 7. – GIANNOULIAS COMMITED

October 21: A wide-ranging debate in Carbondale, Illinois hosted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, WSIU-TV and the Southern Illinoisan. – NO GIANNOULIAS RESPONSE

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