Friday, September 05, 2008

Roberts refuses debates - statewide organizations request more

Organizations Across the State Request Debates
Roberts declines, citing busy schedule

Jim Slattery, candidate for the U.S. Senate, will face incumbent senator, Pat Roberts, in a debate Saturday at the Kansas State Fair.

Date: Saturday, September 6th
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: AT&T Arena
Kansas State Fair Grounds
2000 N. Poplar St.
Hutchinson, KS

For most Kansans, this will be their only opportunity to see Slattery and Roberts debate. Roberts has agreed to participate in just three debates, the State Fair Debate being the only debate that is televised and open to the public.

Slattery has challenged Roberts to engage in four additional debates, one in each congressional district, to cover the major issues of the campaign.

"Candidates for high public office, like the U.S. Senate, have a duty to debate the issues of the day," Slattery said.

Organizations across Kansas have also requested debates. The following is a list of organizations that have offered to host a debate or forum:

AARP of Kansas
American Democracy Project
American Legion Post #60
Baldwin City
Capital Chapter of Credit Unions
Docking Institute of Public Affairs
Fort Hays State University
Franklin County Farm Bureau
Gardner Chamber of Commerce
International Relations Council
Jim Cates Radio Show
Johnson County Chambers
Johnson County Community College
Johnson County AARP
Kansas Association of Broadcasters
Kansas City Public Television
Kansas City Star
KPTS TV Ch. 8 Wichita
KSNT TV Ch. 27 Topeka
KTKA TV Ch. 49 Topeka
KU Student Bar Association
KWBW Radio Hutchinson
KWCH TV Ch. 12 Wichita
League of Kansas Municipalities
League of Women Voters
Mid-America Nazarene University
Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce
Sterling College
Temple Emanuel of Wichita
Topeka Capital Journal
Topeka Sierra Club
Washburn University
WIBW Radio
WIBW TV Ch. 13 Topeka
Wichita Downtown Rotary
Wichita Public Television

Roberts has declined to debate, saying his schedule is too busy.

"I'm disappointed that Sen. Roberts cannot find time to speak to the voters of Kansas," Slattery said. "They deserve better."

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