Less than a week after winning the Democratic Party primary, state Sen. Eric Stewart is pushing for his Republican opponent to participate in three debates, according to a letter sent Tuesday to the freshman congressman.
State Sen. Eric Stewart
Stewart, who currently represents the 14th District Senate seat in the Tennessee General Assembly, is running against Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the 4th Congressional District race.
Stewart’s letter asks DesJarlais whether he will agree to three debates before the November election.
“I was born in Middle Tennessee, and I’ve lived here all my life,” Stewart said in a press release. “Folks around here want candidates to debate so they can learn about who is running for office and the candidates’ positions on the most important issues to this district.”
He said voters want the chance to look both candidates in the eyes and ask tough questions to see who is trustworthy.
“We’ve been doing debates for years in this country, and the people of the 4th District deserve to have three debates during this congressional campaign,” Stewart said.
Stewart is asking for a response by Monday, Aug. 13, so that both the Republican and Democratic campaigns have a chance to organize the events.
As of Tuesday afternoon, DesJarlais had not yet commented on whether he has decided to participate in the debates.
In his letter, Stewart also offered for his staff to work with DesJarlais’s staff to find a location and time for the three debates.
“There’s not many politicians in Washington, D.C., working together right now, but my campaign is willing to work with DesJarlais’s campaign to set up three debates in this district,” Stewart said, “so that voters can have a chance to hear from both of us together talking about things like jobs, improving our economy, and making sure that government is keeping the promises it made to our seniors.”