Wagner Seeks Makeup After Zany Chamber Debate, Wolf Says No
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Monday’s gubernatorial debate at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry’s annual dinner in the Hershey Lodge moderated by ‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek was widely criticized as a meandering failure by observers on both sides of the aisle.
On Tuesday, GOP hopeful Scott Wagner took the opportunity to renew his call for more debates.
“The people of Pennsylvania deserve to know that they have a choice when they go to the polls on November 6th, and last night’s debate did not profile enough of the serious problems that are facing Pennsylvania,” said Wagner in a release.
“Nothing has changed. We’re not doing any more debates,” said Karissa Hand, Wolf’s campaign Deputy Communications Director.
Wolf’s running mate John Fetterman was harsher. “Lol u lost,” he responded to Wagner’s call, followed by tweet thread teasing Wagner.
u lost lol https://t.co/qsndUtJPDF
— Mayor John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) October 2, 2018
Trebek faced more than just boos from the audience and arguments from attendee, Speaker Mike Turzai (Trebek seemed to endorse a severance tax on natural gas in front of the business-friendly crowd).
Observers of all political stripes, as well as journalists, seemed to agree that Trebek injected his opinion too often in the debate and impeded the back and forth between the candidates for Pennsylvania governor.
Andrew Ritter of Range Resources, formerly a GOP staffer, ran the numbers.
1. Alex Trebek: 44 times : 21 min, 37 sec
2. @realScottWagner: 29 times : 17 min, 25 sec
3. @WolfForPA: 25 times : 13 min, 7 sec
— Andrew Ritter Jr (@DrewRit21) October 2, 2018
“It’s official: The only ‘debate’ of the 2018 gubernatorial campaign season was a bomb,” writes John Micek of PennLive. “It stunk.”
The Wagner campaign originally proposed for 67 debates a couple months back, then scaled back to pushing for three, but the Wolf campaign only agreed to the one hosted by the Chamber.
Those on the Democratic side who criticized Trebek’s performance include Max Steele, campaign spokesman for Bob Casey.
Trebek is debating both candidates and the audience. He is not moderating.
— Max Steele (@maxasteele) October 2, 2018
Although the majority of the reviews are that Trebek was the loser of the debate, also seen here from the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Chris Brennan, there is still one debate confirmed to be had regarding the race for Governor.
The reviews are in from @pcntv viewers: Alex Trebek lost the PA gubernatorial debate.
— Chris Brennan (@ByChrisBrennan) October 2, 2018
The lone lt. Governor debate is set to take place this weekend between Fetterman and Republican lt. Gov. candidate, Jeff Bartos.