COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. John Spratt will debate his Republican challenger Mick Mulvaney on Tuesday, but the only people who will get to see any of it have already bought tickets to the sold out dinner at a South Carolina Lions Club.
Reporters will be allowed, but Spratt's campaign asked for no audio or video recording of the debate between the candidates.
Mulvaney's campaign protested the request when agreeing to the debate, then sent out a news release Monday slamming Spratt saying "in this country, we have open debates."
It's the latest indication that Republicans see a good chance to knock off Spratt, the longest serving congressman in the South Carolina delegation and chairman of the House's budget-writing committee.
If this were your area~Would you question why a candidate would not want an open televised/recorded debate?
Answer by 29again at 5:17 PM on Sep. 8, 2010
Answer by momtolucas2002 at 5:10 PM on Sep. 8, 2010
So hey, have fun bashing!
Not bashing. It's just a question. I don't know why people get so sensitive about stuff on here. It's an honest curiosity that any candidate wouldn't want video of a debate. If it were a Republican I would be just as curious. Politicians are notoriously egotistical and love to hear themselves talk or even just to hear their names. I would honestly be curious as to why this guy feels differently.
Answer by QuinnMae at 5:22 PM on Sep. 8, 2010
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 6:52 PM on Sep. 8, 2010
I would guess that it's harder to spin a comment due to 'being out of context' if the whole answer is laid out for you. I am sure there will be pirated copies of the debate since one won't allow video of it to be taken.
Honestly, I don't know why anyone would exclude video of a debate with their opponent when they are both vying to represent the people. I see that as a red flag. I would think that both candidates would want as many people to know their views as possible so that the people they wish to represent know who holds similar ideals as they do. But what do I know?
Answer by QuinnMae at 5:01 PM on Sep. 8, 2010
Answer by 29again at 5:20 PM on Sep. 8, 2010
This president won in a fair election. Why not try to work together to get this country back on track, instead of all the back stabbing and undermining?
I don't know that anyone here is debating that Obama won fair and square. It has nothing to do with the question (as far as I know - I certainly didn't read that into any of the answers, nor the question). Working together won't work because some of us fundamentally disagree with the method of which our leadership is using to try to 'get this country back on track'. I personally don't believe that they know what they are doing and that their efforts are just prolonging and deepening the pain that the taxpayers will be saddled with. JMO.
Answer by QuinnMae at 5:50 PM on Sep. 8, 2010
Answer by 29again at 6:05 PM on Sep. 8, 2010
Answer by LoriKeet at 7:58 PM on Sep. 8, 2010
Answer by agentwanda at 8:08 PM on Sep. 8, 2010