Cindy Axne to Rep Young: “Ducking debates is wrong. The voters deserve more.”
(West Des Moines, IA) Today, Cindy Axne, Democratic nominee for Congress in Iowa’s 3rd District, accepted a debate invitation from KCCI-TV and the Des Moines Register and challenged Republican Rep. David Young to do the same. Last week, hours after Axne resoundingly won her party’s nomination, Young announced his intention to participate in no more than three debates in the five month window before the general election.
“Here in Iowa we take great pride in meeting our candidates face to face, and being able to get our questions answered,” Axne said today. “That’s why, during the primary, I held 100 Meet and Greets in counties across the District, and it’s why I’ve challenged Congressman Young to 16 debates, one in each county in our District. We should give every constituent an opportunity to hear our views and our ideas on how we’re going to start solving problems in Washington again.”
“Congressman Young has forgotten his Iowa roots,” Axne continued. “His unilateral decision to participate in just three debates over the next several months shows that he’s spent too much time in Washington and has lost touch with the people at home. I believe anyone who wants to represent Iowans in Washington has a responsibility to ensure voters are able to make an informed choice in November. That’s why I’m challenging David Young to join me in taking questions from — and discussing our vision with — people across Southwestern Iowa by participating in 16 candidate forums before the November election.”