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View Diary: Why won’t Paul Ryan debate Rob Zerban for his 1st District seat? (34 comments)

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  •  Does not have to be a local station (2+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard, Olympia

        As a candidate on the Republican presidential ticket, Ryan is a candidate of national interest.  If Ryan did debate Zerban, the national media would probably want to cover it.  

         In addition to signing the petition as recommended by ShoshannaD above, why not send emails to the anchors of various news programs on cable networks such as MSNBC, suggesting that they issue a public invitation for the candidates to debate on their respective programs?

         The Romney campaign should have no objections.  If Romney stands behind his choice of Ryan, then he should believe that giving Ryan more exposure could only HELP his campaign.  The Romney campaign claims that the debates will be their best opportunity to take their case to the American people.  So if Ryan's congressional debates  provide 1 or 2 more opportunities to get their message out, that could only be a good thing, right?  With Romney behind in the polls, doesn't Ryan have an obligation to do EVERYTHING in his power to help Romney win?

         Back in 1996, Bob Dole was pressured into resigning his Senate seat to prove that he was serious about his Presidential run.  If Ryan is really sure that Romney's "going to win this thing" as he says, then shouldn't he also be willing to give up his seat in Congress like Dole did, or at the very least, take the opportunity offered by his congressional debates to further spread the Romney-Ryan message on a national stage?  

         Or did Ryan perhaps accept the vice-presidential nomination with the expectation that Romney would lose, and Ryan merely wanted an excuse to avoid debating his Congressional opponent, and maybe a shot at the presidency in 2016?

         Come on, Paul!   Your local constituents LOVE you, right?  And if you're really "in it to win it" with Romney, this could be your LAST chance to directly communicate with those constituents.  What have you got to lose?  (Except of course: the Vice Presidency, your seat in Congress, and your own illusory sense of self-importance.)

    •  National would ba fine, but (1+ / 0-)
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      local would be more likely.  There are so many considerations before someone like Colbert would inject themselves into what is a regional race, no matter it's national implications.  Something like this would appeal to a local station and/or reporter looking to get national recognition.  No way would such a debate remain a local event, especially if Ryan was a no-show.  It would be picked up by both the news and comedians.

      I can't see the RR campaign agreeing to such a debate, whether on local or network TV.  It could only hurt them.  Whatever the venue, a refusal to debate won't be a good thing for them, either.  It's a lose-lose.

      In the end, either local or national would be satisfactory, so long as it happens.

      -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

      by luckylizard on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 04:41:20 AM PDT

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