Election 2012 Round-up Oct. 15, 2012
Post by Jesse Russell on 10/15/2012 12:10pm
CD-1: Nearly two weeks since petitions from constituents were dropped of at the offices of Rep. Paul Ryan asking the incumbent to debate his Democratic challenger, businessman Rob Zerban, Ryan has yet to accept the request fro debates on October 26 and 29. Also seeking a debate is Libertarian Keith Dreschler. Zerban said he would welcome a debate with both of his opponents.
When the petitions were delivered Ryan spokesman Kevin Seifert told the Walworth County Today "It seems Congressman Ryan's opponent would rather stage stunts calling for a debate than actually explain positions on critical issues and articulate solutions to the problems we face as a nation."
Historically, debates have been used to articulate differences in policy positions for the benefit of constituents.
Zerban has been very active in getting his positions out to the public. In June, for example, he's engaged in at least three unfiltered "ask me anything" discussions on Reddit. Several requests over the last year for Ryan to do the same have gone unanswered.
CD-7: Rep. Sean Duffy is also coming under fire for refusing a live television debate with his Democratic challenger Pat Kreitlow. Duffy has accepted two debates, neither of which will be broadcasted on television, on Oct. 22 and Nov. 1. Adding pressure to Duffy's reluctance for a television debate is former Seventh District Rep. Dave Obey who said in a conference call hosted by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, "“Would he instead agree to debate me, a second-string, stand-in retiree?"
CD-8:: Both of the candidates in District 8 will be battling out the remainder of the election without direct support from their respective parties. The National Republican Congressional Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have both stopped advertising in that district with both saying they feel confident enough in their candidates, Republican Rep. Reid Ribble and Democratic challenger Jamie Wall, to carry Election Day. Very few polls have been released for the Eighth Congressional District. The most recent poll was an internal poll, which should always be taken with a grain of salt, from the Wall camp conducted in late-September suggesting the challenger is only six points behind the incumbent.
Senate: Ryan may not have enough time to debate his challenger, but he did find enough time on Sunday to headline a $250-per-couple fundraiser for Senate candidate Tommy Thompson. The former Governor who is challenging Rep. Tammy Baldwin for the Senate seat being vacated by long time Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl has been lagging in polls. The most recent poll from Rasmussen, released this weekend, puts Baldwin above the 50-percent threshold as she leads Thompson 51-47. 538.com's Nate Silver gives Baldwin a 84 percent chance of winning the seat.
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