In a news release issued Tuesday, U. S. Senate candidate Sarah Steelman says she is disappointed that one of her GOP primary opponent, businessman John Brunner, has not joined in on a proposed debate:
Sarah Steelman is disappointed that John Brunner is unwilling to join Congressman Todd Akin and her for a debate on January 10, 2012 on KTRS talk show, The McGraw Milhaven Show.
"It is disappointing that John Brunner has pulled out of the January KTRS debate. It appears that Mr. Brunner needs more time to prepare and decide where he stands on the critical issues facing Missouri and our country. I don't." said Steelman.
John Brunner's campaign just recently announced the need for the U.S. Senate candidates to debate. Now Brunner is backing away from the issue after declining to attend a debate with Sarah Steelman and Todd Akin sponsored by KTRS Talk Radio on January 10th. Brunner's campaign has expressed the desire to sit down and discuss the terms of the debates.
"That's the way I've always done it. Then you take control of the process." said a Brunner spokesman.
"That's the problem." responded the Steelman campaign. "Voters want candidates and elected officials to start doing things the right way-- not the same way. The people of Missouri deserve to hear from the candidates for U.S. Senate now—not after more deliberations. And certainly not after a campaign staff person ‘takes control of the process'".
"This is a typical Washington, D.C and political establishment ploy wanting to retain the status quo and control the process. It's just 'business as usual'— and what's wrong with Congress and Washington, D.C., " said Steelman. "That's why I am running for U.S. Senate. It's time we change the way things are done up there. There is no need to "debate the debate" any more. Let's just make it happen."