After weeks of informal communications, and in the midst of a hazardous political environment for liberal Democrat incumbent politicians, the Ben Lange campaign today formally challenged Bruce Braley to debate the issues of importance to Eastern Iowans.
In a letter sent Thursday to the Braley campaign, the Lange camp noted that Lange, a rising conservative candidate who promises to put principle before party, had accepted a formal invitation to debate Braley weeks ago, but Braley, who has voted with Nancy Pelosi 98% of the time, has yet to commit to a formal debate.
“The question for Bruce Braley is as follows,” the letter stated, “Are you willing to commit to debate Ben Lange over the policies that you have supported, including nearly doubling the national debt, bailing out Wall Street executives on the backs of middle class families, taking over private companies, intertwining a massive government bureaucracy into the intimate health care decisions of seniors and middle class families, and a cap-and-trade bill that would increase utility bills for middle class families by 20%?”
The letter noted that Lange had also accepted invitations to debate Braley on Iowa Public Radio and KCRG-TV9, but Braley remains noncommittal.
On Tuesday of this week, the Lange campaign made an informal request for Braley to commit to debate Lange by Friday, September 17. The Braley campaign remained noncommittal and, therefore, the letter sent Thursday by the Lange campaign formalized the request.
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