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Graves Refuses Debate, Barnes Faces "Empty Chair"

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Graves Refuses Debate, Barnes Faces "Empty Chair"

Kay Barnes Holds Sam Graves Accountable for his Abysmal Economic Record

Today, Kay Barnes held Sam Graves accountable for his abysmal economic record at a taping of "Kansas City Week in Review" on KCPT. The debate was lopsided because Congressman Sam Graves refused the invitation to the only broadcast television match-up of the campaign, leaving Barnes to face an "empty chair."

"When given a chance to defend his record in front of the widest possible audience of 6th District residents, Congressman Sam Graves refused," said Steve Glorioso, Kay for Congress spokesman. "Missourians are facing a financial crisis brought about by eight years of failed economic policies championed by Congressman Graves and President Bush. It is not surprising that Graves wants to hide behind lies and distortions rather than face the voters he has so miserably let down."

Barnes expressed her frustration with Congressman Graves' pathetic record. Graves has had a chance every day for the last eight years to help Missourians as a Congressman, but he has repeatedly voted against accountability, oversight, and transparency in our financial markets. After rewarding the greed of multibillion dollar corporations and Wall Street executives, Graves does not want to face tough questions about his voting record.

The "empty chair" debate with Kay Barnes can be viewed tonight at 7:30 p.m. on KCPT, Channel 19. It will be rebroadcast on Sunday at 11 a.m. The broadcast will reach 70 percent of the households in Missouri's 6th Congressional District.

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