Liljenquist looking to debate HatchMay 7, 2012
From: Daily Herald
By: Billy Hesterman
The Dan Liljenquist for Senate team is eager to take on Sen. Orrin Hatch in a debate.
A week ago Liljenquist’s campaign issued a challenge to Hatch to debate at eight different higher education institutions around the state. Hatch’s team, though, is taking its time on responding to the challenge, which was sent through the media and not by a direct Liljenquist representative. The Liljenquist team now is ramping up its rhetoric to compel Hatch to agree to the debates.
“I am willing to debate Sen. Hatch, anytime, any place. If he can’t leave D.C., I will go to him and debate him there. I’ll even debate him on MSNBC if that makes him more comfortable,” Liljenquist said in a statement released by his campaign. “The people of Utah deserve to see the two candidates with fundamentally different approaches to reforming government side-by-side.”
Hatch’s people are saying not so fast to Liljenquist as they argue there are still eight weeks until the Republican primary and that Hatch needs to attend to his duties in Washington, D.C., before he schedules more debates.
“First of all, we just barely got done with the convention,” Dave Hansen, Hatch’s campaign manager, said. “Second of all, the senator is still a U.S. senator. Unlike his opponent, he didn’t resign from his job to run a campaign.”
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