DES MOINES, Iowa — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch is calling on the governor to hold more debates.
Hatch says Gov. Branstad decided the location of the three debates without his input. They are at the Iowa State Fair, at a TV station in Sioux City, and with a TV station in Burlington.
Hatch’s campaign wants more debates in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids to allow more Iowans to hear the issues.
“We are open to more debates, we are open to more discussions. We want the narrative of the future of this state to be seen and to be heard by more than just 20-percent of the Iowa viewing audience,” says Hatch.
The governor’s campaign released a statement in response to Hatch’s request:
“Gov. Branstad has made it a priority to debate in every general election, and welcomes the opportunity to contrast his record of job creation and fiscal stability against Jack Hatch’s return to Culver-era tax hikes and deficit spending. Our campaign is excited to participate in these three debates–the same number of debates as in 2010–and we will not respond to tacky, desperate campaign gimmicks from our opponent’s struggling campaign.”