Right wing leader Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has built a policy platform on unfounded and radical assertions. On immigration: Deport a liberal. On health care reform: Maybe opponents should secede. On employment discrimination: Stop wearing your sexuality on your sleeve. Despite the outlandishness of his policy solutions, King himself has never had to answer for them in a formal debate since his election in 2003. But his 2010 challenger Matt Campbell (D) called out the incumbent yesterday and invited him to an “issue-oriented debate.” Citing debate as a “lynchpin” of democracy and an “obligation” of elected officials, Campbell says King’s participation is “long overdue”:
King has never formally debated an opponent since he’s been elected, and Campbell says it’s long overdue for King to respect the American democratic process.
“It’s long overdue for King to respect the American democratic process,” Campbell says.
Campbell elaborates, “The 5th District Congressional race should contain issue-oriented debate as a discussion of the issues between candidates is a lynchpin of healthy American democracy. It’s an obligation of those that hold or seek elected office, and Americans expect it.”
“My grandfathers both served in World War II and while they both were Republicans they would find it appalling that King has disrespected the process and not formally debated an opponent since he’s been elected to Congress. This is America, not Russia,” Campbell says.
Campbell has issued a formal debate prospectus to King and requested a response date of August 10th so the debates and venues could be determined.