Idaho Falls Republican Bryan Smith wants three debates against incumbent Mike Simpson to take place in Boise, Idaho Falls, and Twin Falls.
Major press outlets in each media market would moderate the debates, according to the format the Smith campaign envisions for the debates.
Here’s what Simpson’s campaign had to say:
“Congressman Simpson welcomes the opportunity to share his proven record of delivering results for the farmers, ranchers, small business owners, and families of Idaho’s 2nd District,” said campaign spokesperson Sarah Nelson. “Mike is a proven conservative who has voted over 40 times to repeal Obamacare, has co-sponsored the balanced budget amendment, has authored billions of dollars in cuts to the EPA, and has voted repeatedly to lower taxes. Idahoans know they can count on Mike to stand up for our conservative values in Washington, D.C. and to do what’s right for our families. We look forward to finalizing campaign debate details as soon as the filing period ends.”
And here’s Smith’s entire statement from earlier in the day:
Congressional Candidate Bryan Smith Challenges Congressman Mike Simpson to Three DebatesIdaho Falls – Today, congressional candidate Bryan Smith challenged Congressman Mike Simpson to a series of three debates across the second congressional district, one debate each in Boise, Idaho Falls, and Twin Falls.
“Our country is at a crossroads, and the decisions that are facing our elected officials are not going to get easier over the next few years. Congressman Simpson and I have very different visions for how we should deal with our nation’s most pressing issues and get our fiscal house in order, and the people of Idaho deserve a chance to hear a robust debate over our policy differences,” said Bryan Smith.
“As we travel the district, it is clear that Idahoans are tired of business as usual politics. They want a representative who will lead based on conservative principles and values instead of being Idaho’s liberal “odd man out” among the Idaho congressional delegation,” said campaign manager, Carrie Brown.
The debates would be moderated by major press outlets in each media market and televised where possible.
Bryan Smith is a conservative Republican running for Idaho’s second congressional district. He is running against 16-year incumbent and big spending, career politician Mike Simpson. Bryan has been endorsed by the Club for Growth, the Madison Project, Citizens United, National Assoc. of Gun Rights and Freedomworks. Bryan and his wife live in Idaho Falls.