Pollina Asks for Town Meeting Debate with Douglas
With a new poll showing Independent candidate Anthony Pollina in second place in the race for Governor, Pollina is asking Governor Jim Douglas to meet him for a town meeting style debate. Pollina is willing to let the Governor set the date.
Pollina issued the following statement:
"With only a few weeks left before the election and the Democratic candidate slipping badly in the polls I am asking the Governor to meet in a town meeting style debate so we can talk directly with voters about the issues facing Vermont. The Governor can pick the date to meet his schedule."
Ten debates have been cancelled in recent weeks because of the Governor's or democratic candidate's alleged scheduling conflicts.
Douglas, who has the support of fewer than 50% of the voters after 6 years in office, may think more debates would weaken rather than strengthen his support.
A new poll found the Governor slipped a few more points, while Pollina rose 18 points placing him in second place, ahead of the Democrat who slipped significantly.
"I thought the Governor might be more comfortable in a less formal format where we take questions from the public and I invite him to chose the date and location," said Pollina. "l would suggest the Governor and I meet, maybe in Burlington or Rutland, at least once before the election to talk about issues directly with voters."
The Rutland Herald is one of the organizations unable to sponsor a debate because the Governor and the Democratic candidate couldn't fit it into their schedule. Other cancelled debates includ those sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Vermont State Medical Society, Businesses for Social Responsibility, Renewable Energy Vermont, Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Public Assets Institute, Vermont Alliance of Conservation Voters, and Ohavi Zedek and Temple Sinai Synagogues.