Dear Senator Blunt,
Now that we are in the general election, it is time to set a comprehensive schedule of televised debates so that Missourians in every corner of our state have the opportunity to hear about where we stand on the key issues affecting them and their families.
Missouri voters have already seen -- and will likely continue to see -- dark money groups spending millions of dollars in advertising on TV. Missourians deserve to hear from us directly on the issues that matter, and hopefully one of those issues will be ending unlimited dark money spending.
I am proposing that we hold televised debates in Missouri's nine major media markets (Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Hannibal, Joplin, Kansas City, Kirksville, Springfield, St. Joseph, and St. Louis) -- along with the previously scheduled September 30th Missouri Press Association debate on public access television -- for a total of 10 debates.
To make this process as effective as possible, I have appointed Skip Walther as my campaign's lead debate liaison. Skip is a respected member of the Columbia community who will help coordinate logistics with your campaign as well as the outlets and organizations offering to host debates.
I look forward to setting this schedule and having several spirited debates this fall about the best way to represent Missouri in the Senate. It is my hope that at a time where divisive political rhetoric has become the norm in our country, together we rise above the fray and have a respectful and rigorous exchange of ideas that the people of Missouri can be proud of.
Thank you in advance for your consideration of this proposal. We will be in touch soon to begin discussions.