Inside the House Ways and Means Committee

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Oct. 23, 2013, 10:22 a.m.

Rep. Charlie Mel­ancon (D-03) is press­ing Sen. Dav­id Vit­ter (R) “to agree to a series of five de­bates” around the state be­fore the Nov. 2 elec­tion.

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“Mel­ancon says he sent a let­ter to Vit­ter” on 8/31 “re­quest­ing the town­hall style for­ums, without pre-screened ques­tions.”

“No word yet from Vit­ter’s cam­paign” wheth­er he will ac­cept Mel­ancon’s chal­lenge (AP, 8/31).

Mel­ancon: “It’s about be­ing trans­par­ent and people hav­ing the op­por­tun­ity to listen to where we are on the is­sues and get asked hon­est ques­tion­ing.”

Vit­ter spokes­per­son Luke Bolar “re­fused to agree to Mel­ancon’s re­quest, but he said Vit­ter has already agreed to par­ti­cip­ate in sev­er­al pub­lic dis­cus­sions.”

“So far only one statewide tele­vised de­bate has been sched­uled,” which will be held in Oct. and hos­ted by WWL-TV (Moller, New Or­leans Times-Pi­cay­une, 8/31).

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