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Watson Challenges Capps to Debate - Anytime, Anyplace, Any Format, Sponsored By Any Organization

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Location: Santa Barbara, CA

Tom Watson, Republican candidate for Congress in the 23rd District, today called out Congresswoman Capps to engage in a debate each week between now and the election.

"Now that Congress is over, I am challenging Congresswoman Capps to debate me…any time, any place, any format, any moderator, any rules, in front of any group, with any other candidates for this office. I will change, cancel or adjust my schedule to fit hers. The people of this district deserve to see the stark difference between her vision and mine," stated the GOP candidate.

Watson also announced that he had sent nearly 100 letters to groups and organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, Kiwanis, Rotaries, Schools, Media, and even labor unions inviting them to host a debate or forum.

"Yes, I'm willing to go to the labor union halls in this district, in front of union members who have and will endorse Lois Capps, and debate her on the issues facing the people of this district. I think when these union members hear what I have to say, they may think twice about voting for the Congresswoman."

In addition to sending a letter to groups and organizations, Watson also sent a letter directly to Capps. In the letter Watson stated, "I know schedules are busy, but truthfully if the candidates for Governor and of the largest state in the country can find time to have numerous debates, so can we. If the candidates for United State Senate can find time to have numerous debates, so can we."

Watson concluded saying that he and the Congresswoman have different views of the direction of the country and different solutions to our problems. "Having a civilized discourse where people can hear what we have to say, ask questions, have the media present is the best way to show where each of us stands, what we believe, and what we offer to fix our problems. Congresswoman, I await your reply."

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