Maffei issues debate challenge to Sweetland

Congressional Candidate Dan Maffei today challenged his opponent, Dale Sweetland to a series of debates that would focus on important issues like jobs, taxes, the economy, and the war in Iraq.

"It is time that voters in the 25th District have the opportunity to hear from both candidates on the substantive issues facing our region," Maffei said. "Voters are tired of just hearing about politics- they want to know what we have to say about the issues. I have already been discussing the economy, the war and the environment and telling voters where I stand on a variety of issues. Given the vast differences between me and my opponent, voters need to see us share a stage and explain our positions."

Maffei proposed three issue-specific debates focusing on the economy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and healthcare, as well as two general debates, one each in Syracuse and the western portion of the district.

"I think it's important to let the voters ask us questions. We should make these events town-hall style to encourage maximum participation," said Maffei. "Voters of the 25th Congressional District are about to elect a new Representative to Congress, and those voters need to know if who they elect will continue down the same path, or -- as I have proposed -- head in a new direction with new ideas."

"The text of the letter, which was hand delivered to Sweetland, is below:

Dear Mr. Sweetland,

As we enter the Fall campaign season, I know our schedules will quickly become overloaded.

Before we become too busy to find the time, I propose that we now schedule a series of debates to take place this fall that are designed to focus on the issues and reach the widest possible audiences. I am contacting you to propose a series of publicly televised debates -- three on specific issues and two more on general issues.

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