DES MOINES - Democratic senate candidate Patty Judge is not pleased with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and his decision not to debate on Iowa Public Television later this month.
The news came out on Friday, as Grassley's campaign released a statement about the change.
"The campaign tentatively accepted the invitation based upon the debate being structured as it had in previous cycles," said Grassley's campaign. " This consisted of the debate being broadcast on Iowa Press, at its regular time and format. Unfortunately, over time, Iowa Public Television disclosed that the debate structure would not be the traditional Iowa Press format nor at the regular day and time, as “in past cycles.” The changes, which Iowa Public Television said were nonnegotiable, were very different and less likely to produce as large of a viewership as other alternatives. The Grassley campaign never backed away from its desire to debate on that program."
Judge, on the other hand, who had accepted a debate invitation from IPTV more than a month ago, fired back at her opponent today.
"He is unwilling to debate in the largest city in the state," said Judge. "He's unwilling to go to the soapbox at the Iowa State Fair and stand up in front of Iowa. He has not had a public town hall meeting in this city during the last term, six years in office. He obviously is not talking to people here in the Des Moines market, and again, I think he owes you better."
Judge and Grassley will now debate on October 19th at Morningside College in Sioux City. That debate will be broadcast on KTIV, as well as KWWL, KTTC, and WGEM. None of those TV stations cover central Iowa. The debate will also be broadcast online through those stations' websites.
This is the only agreed-upon debate by both parties. Grassley has agreed to a debate on WHO-radio, while Judge's campaign is "strongly considering" that option.
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