You may have read over the last few weeks that Mr. Tiahrt has not responded to our request to sit down and discuss a series of debates. That’s still true and we are now less than 30 days from the primary election day. We’ve not received even one call, or one email – not even a smoke signal – indicating any willingness to talk with me or our campaign about how to get debates set up with fair and common rules.
That’s too bad. Not for Mr. Tiahrt or for me, but for you.
The Tiahrt campaign has instead tried to work through intermediaries to shape various appearances and generally make it difficult for the two of us to debate. That is not proving to work well.
The dispute over the rules for the debates boils down to this: Mr. Tiahrt is demanding that each candidate be permitted to bring pre-written materials, statements and notes to the podium to assist in his presentation. Speaking without notes or aids is a common debate rule (and even more common in the real world outside of the beltway!). Mr. Tiahrt seems to have some trouble speaking to you without aid or assistance from notes.
Moran-Tiahrt debate on KSN-TV Topeka from 2010:
Tiahrt can’t recall what he thinks without notes.
Mr. Tiahrt’s refusal to stand on his own two feet raises a series of questions:
I truly do hope that we get multiple opportunities to give you all a side-by-side comparison of where Mr. Tiahrt and I have different views. We are very different men with very different missions. Debates would make clear that:
There are many others. It’s why the opportunity to communicate with Kansans in debates matters. I hope Mr. Tiahrt will reconsider and be willing to share his ideas – not those of his un-elected counselors – with the good people of South Central Kansas.
P.S. Visit our Facebook page to see pictures from the great opportunity we had to learn from, listen to, and connect with Kansans during our Fourth of July weekend!
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