Now that Rep. Loretta Sanchez is set to debate Van Tran on KOCE (she isn’t going to debate him as much as she’ll mop the floor with him), it looks like the Van Tran “Debate Duck” is out of a job…or is he/she?
They need to apply for work with Beth Krom’s campaign and start stalking Rep. John Campbell and ask why Campbell is ducking debates with Krom.
I sent a question to Congressman Campbell at the open invitation of the Orange County Register.Â It was pretty simple.Â He hasn’t made the case why he should be sent back to Washington, so why won’t he debate Beth Krom?
Reporter Jeff Overly posed my question and sent me a note with Campbell’s answers.
Dan â€“ I posed your question to the congressman. He argued that voters already know enough about the two candidates â€“ â€œI think our positions are well known.â€
Â We asked if, then, presidential debates, senate debates and the like are lacking purpose. His response: â€œDo you think those have changed muchâ€ with respect to voter awareness of the differences between candidates?
Â We asked if House races would be particularly well-served by debates, since voters are less likely to know much about candidates. He simply said the debates often involve more â€œtheatricsâ€ than â€œsubstance.â€
Â â€œI donâ€™t expect to be doing one,â€ he concluded.
Seems like we’re not the only ones wondering why Campbell won’t debate.Â Check out this 20100824_KPCC_campbell_dbte file from a show on public radio.