Stabenow, Hoekstra fail to agree on Senate debates

It now appears there will be no debates between Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Republican challenger Pete Hoekstra.
AP Wire
Oct 13, 2012


Stabenow's campaign said it's giving up on arranging debates because Hoekstra refuses to accept an arrangement that has been used in all of Michigan's Senate races since 1996.

The plan was for two debates broadcast on public television — one before the Detroit Economic Club and the other at Grand Valley State University.

Hoekstra wanted as many as six debates that would be shown over network television.

His campaign said Hoekstra was willing to participate in both of the traditional debates, plus others, but Stabenow refused to set terms. Hoekstra said Stabenow was afraid to defend her record, while Stabenow's spokesman said Hoekstra was interested only in making political attacks.



How is it that Hoekstra failed when he offered to participate in BOTH the traditional debates PLUS others?? Sounds like Stabenow wanted to stack the rules of the debate to give her the upper hand. Besides, if her message is so good, wouldn't 6 debates verses 2 get her message out better?


This is so Pete.....what a petulant child. "If I can't have it my way, I'll throw a hissy fit and not do it at all". Gee - who do you think he's more concerned with....his Michigan constituents, or himself? Pete Hoekstra is one arrogant son of a batch of cookies!


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