United States Senate candidate Don Stenberg has challenged his fellow Republicans to a series of debates.
Stenberg, the state treasurer, says he would prefer a minimum of six debates throughout Nebraska.
“At least two in each Congressional district, so that people all over the state will have a chance to see in person or at least through their local news media the candidates and their positions on the issues and how they present themselves,” Stenberg says.
Stenberg has sent an email to Attorney General Jon Bruning, state Senator Deb Fischer and Pat Flynn, requesting the debates. In the email, he suggests four of the debates focus on a single topic: the economy, entitlement reform, reducing federal spending and national defense, which would include foreign policy.
The Stenberg letter:
November 16, 2011
Delivered VIA Email
Attorney General Jon Bruning
Senator Deb Fischer
RE: GOP Senate Debates
Dear fellow GOP Senate Candidates:
The Republican Presidential debates are giving Americans a chance to see the Presidential candidates in action and learn about their plans for the future of our nation.
A series of Republican U.S. Senate candidate debates will give Nebraskans a similar opportunity to see us in action and learn where we stand on the issues.
Therefore, I am requesting today, that the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate agree in principle to hold a minimum of six (6) debates, with a minimum of two in each of Nebraska’s congressional districts prior to the May 2012 GOP Primary Election.
As a beginning, I propose we accept the following organizations’ invitations for debates:
UNL ASUN & Lincoln Journal Star, February 13, 2012, Lincoln
Tea Party Patriots with moderator Scott Voorhees, April 7, 2012, Omaha
Norfolk Daily News, April 11, 2012, Norfolk
Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom, April 15, 2012, Omaha
I would further suggest that one of the debates focus on what we need to do to improve the economy, another on entitlement reform, a third on cutting federal spending, and a fourth on national defense and foreign-policy.
Representatives of each hosting organization and our campaigns should approve the specifics of format, venue, moderators, and other details.
I look forward to your approval of this request and to the debates.