3rd District Congressional Candidate Calls For Debate

By Maureen Mespell

September 11, 2012 Updated Sep 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- With the election less than two months away, there are no debates scheduled for Indiana's Third Congressional race.

Democratic candidate, Kevin Boyd is upset about that. Boyd is calling on Republican Representative Marlin Stutzman to debate the issues pertinent to Northeast Indiana.

So far, Stutzman has claimed he didn't receive an invitation to one debate, then pulled out of another.

Kevin Boyd (D) 3rd District Candidate says, "On the one he accepted, he then pulled out and he just gave an unspecified scheduling conflict, but he'd already accepted that. So I assume he had it on his schedule and then decided something was more important than talking to the people."

Stutzman was appointed to serve the remainder of Mark Souder's term, then was elected to a full term two years ago.

Boyd is holding a series of town hall meetings across the district to talk to voters before election day, November 6th.

In a late afternoon statement, Congressman Stutzman says, "First, I'd much rather have this discussion on a day other than 9/11, but since my opponent raised the issue on this day of national remembrance, I'll respond.

The two debates our campaign has been approached about so far have not worked because of scheduling conflicts. We've not been approached about others.

I'm open to a debate that the members of the media would help facilitate, which we've mentioned to media outlets."

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