The race for what is effectively Pennsylvania’s only competitive Congressional race is heating up as the two candidates argue about potential debates.
Today, the campaign for Democratic nominee Steve Santarsiero issued a statement calling on his opponent, Brian Fitzpatrick to live up to his pledge and agree to debate. Santarsiero points out that Fitzpatrick had previously agreed “debate my opponent every day from now until Election Day if he so chooses.”
“I’m prepared to speak directly to the voters to discuss the solutions Pennsylvania families deserve and I hope that Brian will abide by his promise and join me in a debate this month,” Santarsiero stated.
According to the Santarsiero campaign, the Fitzpatrick camp has not responded to their requests for debates. However, just recently, a spokesmen for the Fitzpatrick campaign claimed that both sides were working to schedule debates.
The Santarsiero campaign asserted that they have kept the following dates open for any potential showdown with the Republican nominee: June 9th, June 12th, June 18th, June 19th, June 22nd, June 23rd, June 25th and June 26th.
This latest charge comes just a few weeks after the campaigns traded barbs over a civility pledge. Fitzpatrick’s team argued that Santarsiero was violating a pledge proposed by the Bucks County Courier Times. Santarsiero responded that he has always said he would conduct a campaign focused on the issues and the differences the two candidates had on them.
Whether the civility pledge will be upheld is an open question, especially with the national arm of both the Democratic and Republican House committees pledging to go hard for their respective candidate.
The 8th Congressional District represents all of Bucks County as well as parts of upper Montgomery County.