Morrisey issues debate challenge; Reynolds says he's ready

By Chris Dickerson | Oct 6, 2016

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey asked challenger Doug Reynolds to take part in a debate before next month’s election, and Reynolds says he’s ready.

On Oct. 5, Morrisey’s campaign issued a statement calling on Reynolds to debate.

“I take the responsibility of serving as the Attorney General very seriously and I am proud of my record of defeating Obama’s EPA at the US Supreme Court, aggressively fighting the drug epidemic plaguing our state, and returning over $33 million back to the taxpayers,” Morrisey, a Republican, said in the statement. “I believe the voters deserve to have a discussion focused on the issues facing our state and each candidate’s plan to address these issues.

“I ask that Delegate Reynolds join me in participating in two debates so that the voters can examine our records and values.”

Morrisey’s campaign also sent a letter to Reynolds about the debates.

“As we enter the final month of this critical election, I urge you to join me in two debates to ensure that voters are able to carefully examine our records and values,” the letter said. “The debates should be hosted by a fair and neutral party and provide for an open discussion, with no questions provided in advance to either campaign.

“The challenges facing our state are very serious and the voters deserve to hear a discussion focused on our plans to address these issues. I hope that we can quickly and amicably agree to venues and terms that will promote a productive dialogue.”

“I look forward to the opportunity to stand side by side with you and face the voters of our great state of West Virginia.”

On Oct. 6, Reynolds’ campaign responded.

“I’ve been the only one talking about the issues since day one of this race, so I’m pleased that Patrick finally wants to join me in discussing the real issues facing real West Virginians,” Reynolds, a Democrat, said in his statement. “Even though his call for a debate is just more political posturing on his part, I will meet him any time, any place.

“West Virginians deserve to hear the facts, not false ads from a dark money Super PAC that’s trying to buy this election for him.”

The general election is Nov. 8. Others running for the office are Libertarian candidate Karl Kolenich and Mountain Party candidate Michael Sharley.

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