PHOENIX – Today, Senator Martha McSally joined Colorado Senator Cory Gardner and North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis in calling on their opponents to accept debate invitations from CNN. Despite the national implications of these top tier races, all three Democrat challengers have ignored the opportunity to tell voters where they stand in a nationally-televised debate.
“It is a slap in the face to Arizonans that, even with a CNN home-field advantage, Mark Kelly is refusing to meet me on the debate stage,” said Senator Martha McSally.“Our race is ground zero for keeping the Senate majority out of Chuck Schumer’s hands, and voters in Arizona and across the country deserve to hear what’s at stake in this election if Mark becomes another foot soldier in the Schumer army: higher taxes, government takeover of health care, the job-killing Green New Deal, and weak-on-China policies that would cripple our economy and make us less safe. Mark is hiding from his record and radical positions because he knows how far out of step he is with Arizonans. I’m starting to think he might be scared of debating a girl.”
“Governor Hickenlooper is the only Colorado Senate candidate to turn down debates,” said Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO). “Hickenlooper continues to hide from voters because he cannot defend his increasingly radical agenda nor his egregious ethics violations. With so much on the line this November, voters deserve to hear from both candidates.”
“North Carolinians shouldn’t be surprised that Cal Cunningham is refusing to honor his pledge to debate five times given his record of breaking a no-tax-increase pledge to the tune of $1 billion,” said Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC). “What is a surprise, however, is that he is too afraid to face me in a debate hosted by his liberal allies at CNN. He should reconsider his decision so that the people of North Carolina can see the stark contrast between my agenda to get our state back to work and his extreme liberal policies that will cripple our recovery effort.”
- On August 5, Martha challenged Mark Kelly to 7 debates.
- Missing Mark has refused to respond to CNN’s debate invitation, despite the obvious implications this race will have on the future of the country.
- Mark has refused to do a single debate before early voting begins in Arizona, even after being called evasive by local media for his refusal to answer basic questions about his positions.