Is Herseth playing Duck and Cover this election?

I'm hearing reports that Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth had accepted an invitation to debate Republican Candidate Bruce Whalen at the State Fair this year, but oddly withdrew from the challenge.

I'm not sure why she would duck out of it. State Fair debates are as South Dakotan as kuchen and Schmeckfest. We like to see our candidates duke it out and explain where they stand on issues. In this fast food world, it's one of the purest forms of political competition left.

The story goes that the Whalen campaign has issued several challenges to debate on several issues which have mostly been ignored by Stephanie. For the life of me, I can't imagine why. It's not like she hasn't done it before versus Janklow or Diedrich.

Right now, the first big public debate where they're both set to appear is for Dakotafest. Let's wait and see if it actually happens.

Comments

Mike Quinlivan said…
There is no need to debate when your opponent is so puny. It gives your opponent attentio they would otherwise not have. Not that I am telling you anything you don't know PP. It helps to play dumb when it favors you side I guess.
Besides there would be a bigger crowd at Dakotafest!

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