PA-9: Republicans Coordinate A Series Of Debates

bill_shusterEvery reporter covering the PA-9 primary has asked the question, and each candidate has answered more times than he could possibly count. Now, a debate among the candidates in Pennsylvania’s 9th District will finally happen, not once, but four times before the May primary.

The topic was brought up as recently as earlier this month, when Republican candidate Travis Schooley said he was more than willing to debate with opponents, Tea Partier Art Halvorson and incumbent Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Briar).

Halvorson has made it a point several times in his campaign to call out Shuster for a face-to-face matchup. Shuster has now agreed, and the incumbent looks forward to “standing on his conservative record.”

“From the beginning of this race, I have said that I relish the opportunity to stand on the stage and talk about my conservative record and vision,” Shuster said.  “Now that both Travis Schooley and Art Halvorson have made the ballot, it’s time that we give the people of Central and Southwestern Pennsylvania the ability to measure all of the candidates.”

Shuster will participate in four different events that showcase the three candidates. These will include a joint editorial board, two candidate debates, and one forum in front of the Tea Party. According to his campaign, these appearances represent the most comprehensive debate schedule in all of Shuster’s past races.

“The people of the 9th District deserve a full vetting of all the candidates, including hearing about my proven conservative leadership in Washington,” Shuster said.  “I’m looking forward to talking about my efforts to stop Obamacare, end the out of control spending, and create jobs right here in Central and Southwestern Pennsylvania.”

Halvorson released a statement regarding Shuster’s announced agreement, saying he was pleased that Shuster responded to the debate challenge.

“These debates are an opportunity for voters to see two different visions for the direction of America, and I look forward to showing them that I am the right choice on May 20th,” said Halvorson. “Like many Americans, I am troubled by the direction of our nation. True leadership is required so we can navigate the difficult waters ahead and create a better, safer America for our children and grandchildren. I would be honored to be a voice for my neighbors in this cause to rescue America.” He encouraged the voters of PA-9 to join the candidates at each event and listen to what each had to say.

Following is a list of the four joint appearances. More specific event details are still getting worked out and will be announced at a later date.

  • April 24: Indiana/Armstrong Patriots Event

  • May 2: Penn State Altoona Debate

  • May 13: Herald Standard Editorial Board

  • May 14: Wilson College Debate

13 Responses

  1. billy and artty look in the mirror and realize you are chinamen you two bimbos are owned by chinamen your faces are sick. TRAVIS SCHOOLEY THIS IS THE ADVENTURE AND BATTLE YOU ARE PURPOSED TO BE I PROMISE WE WILL NEVER HAVE A MORE QUALIFIED CANDIDATE THAN TRAVIS SCHOOLEY WE DELIGHT IN YOU TRAVIS DELIVER US FROM THE HANDS OF OUR ENIMIES THE 9TH DISTRICT IS UNITED WITH YOU TRAVIS SCHOOLEY OWN THEM AT THIS DEBATE YOU WORK HARD AND YOUR CHARECTER IS SO STRONG RUN TO WIN THIS IS YOUR RACE YOU ARE OUR LEADER LEADING US OUT OF THE ENEMIES GRIP OWN THEM TRAVIS IS THE 9TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE THIS IS HIS MOMENT TRAVIS IS OUR REPRESENTATIVE WIN RUN TO WIN AND WIN TO RUN

  2. Travis Schooley is the only true Republican in the race, Art is Super PAC funded and supports UN law over US, yet he’s suppose to be different than Shuster?

  3. I assume the statement would come from the Shuster “staff” in the Franklin County office. Who’s soul purpose is to protect Bob Thomas, the courthouse crowd and the Shuster Regime. The corruption has filled the county, the disillusion in the GOP committee with the leadership – even among the establishment.

    Now Shuster is trotting Bachman and Gowdy in to stand side beside him. Standing beside people who has shown some leadership, should show people this quack of a politician is no principled Conservative.

    It’s time to stand up to this regime!

  4. Would someone explain to this Dutchman what is the difference between “Chicago style politics” and New Jersey style, Philadelphia style, New York style or Texas style,etc.

  5. As a leader in both the GOP and the Grass roots I too have vetted all three candidates as have many of our members.
    Art Halverson by far has our support. Bill Shuster’s tactics in this race as well as his teams Chicago style politics has made it an easy choice. As a life long resident of the district I will support Art Halverson in the 9th.

  6. We finally have a choice! We can vote for the status quo or we can send a leader who will serve the 9th District. Go Art Go!!

  7. As a lifelong Republican, its of course obvious that I’ve supported Congressman Shuster for many years. I even voted for his Dad in 72 when he initially ran. A funny thing happened though. As I got older, I got wiser. You know, the bible says that grey hair is a sign of wisdom and lord knows I have plenty of that but anyway, I digress. As a 63 year old lifelong Republican. 2014 is the first time I’ve ever truly examined my Congressman and I’ll admit I owe my Country and apology. I’ve been a fool voting for Congressman Shuster all these years. I’ve vetted all three candidates in this race but only one stuck out to me. Art Halvorson. My fellow members of the 9th District, Congressman Shuster is NO Conservative. We need to fix DC and in order to do that we need to FIX CONGRESS. 42 Years is ENOUGH. Join me in voting for Art Halvorson on May 20th!

  8. Maybe Shuster’s staff at Franklin County GOP HQ can chime in to back up their boy. The establishment is coming out swinging… Protect Shuster Alloway and the courthouse row is the marching orders.

  9. Actually, Factcheck did not rate the Shuster ads as “completely untrue”, but it did state that Halvorson’s claim on the blackbox legislation wasn’t true. Halvorson’s whole camaign has been one smear after another.

  10. Interesting that Mr. Shuster released this statement himself and not thru his usual mouthpiece Sean Joyce.

    Bill has A LOT of explaining to do, between his 13 votes to raise the debt ceiling, votes for the NSA, NDAA, SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, TARP, Cash For Clunkers, and the fiscal cliff. Not to mention how he’s spent over half a million dollars on attack ads against Art Halvorson that were rated “completely untrue” by factcheck.org.

    This oughta be good.

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