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Thom Tillis Challenges Senator Hagan To Series Of At Least 10 Debates


May 29, 2014

Contact: Jordan Shaw

Raleigh, N.C. - Today, U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis challenged incumbent Senator Kay Hagan to a series of no fewer than ten debates, with a minimum of one debate in each of North Carolina’s six major regions.

Tillis for U.S. Senate campaign manager Jordan Shaw said:

"We contacted the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation the day after the primary about participating in their debates. We have also accepted two additional debate opportunities with the Bankers Association and the Medical Society. We further believe there should be debates held in the six major regions of the state to allow for greater public viewership, and we certainly hope Sen. Hagan’s letter today is not an attempt to limit this race to only two debates. We are pleased to see Sen. Hagan’s commitment to a public debate schedule, and we look forward to participating in no fewer than ten debates with her during this campaign.”

Speaker Thom Tillis’ Letter To Senator Kay Hagan

May 29, 2014

Dear Senator Hagan,

This November, the voters of our great state will make an important decision by electing an individual they feel is best qualified to represent North Carolina in the United States Senate.

For voters to make a truly informed decision, it requires candidates who are willing to share their experiences, records, and positions on important issues in a public setting. I think we can both agree that debates are a perfect venue to have a substantive and productive discussion of public policy that provides voters with a clear contrast.

I am glad to hear your commitment to a public debate schedule by agreeing to join me at the debate hosted by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation. Earlier this month, I also agreed to participate in two major debates hosted by the North Carolina Bankers Association and the North Carolina Medical Society. I hope you will join me for these two outstanding opportunities to have serious policy discussions.

With that said, in order to truly give the voters of North Carolina a real opportunity to hear from their Senate candidates, I propose that we meet for a minimum of ten debates, with no fewer than one debate in each of the six major regions in the state to allow for greater public viewership.

Over the next several weeks, I hope our campaigns can meet and work together to secure media partners and finalize the details of the ten debates to be held across the state.

There is no doubt that a respectful and productive exchange of ideas will make North Carolinians proud and empower voters to make informed decisions on Election Day.

I look forward to hearing your response.


Thom Tillis