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).