Thomas Wants One-On-One Debate With Souder

By John W. Davis

June 18, 2010 Updated Apr 21, 2010 at 11:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - 3rd District Congressional Candidate Bob Thomas held a town hall style meeting on Thursday night in Columbia City.

Thomas said the tables have turned and that Souder is the underdog because community members are being cheated out of a debate.

Dozens of people turned out for Thursday's debate at Richard's Restaurant in Columbia City.

Thomas said this type of meeting allows voters to get to know him. It also allows him to learn their issues face to face.

One of Thomas' main campaign issues is cutting federal spending.

Other hot topics at tonight's event were creating jobs, social security, earmarks, term limits, and lowering business taxes.

Meanwhile, Thomas is doing all he can to set up a one-on-one debate with 3rd District Incumbent Congressman Mark Souder.

However, Souder said he won't debate Thomas.

Souder said Thomas is not a credible candidate to represent the people of the third district because he has not always lived in the 3rd Congressional District.

When asked to pick one point to debate against Souder, Thomas responded, "we would talk about his reckless record on voting for excess spending and for things that our children are going to have to pay for. I would want him to justify that," said 3rd District Congressional Candidate Bob Thomas.

Thomas said Souder has become a career politician and that if elected, he would only serve two or three terms in Congress.

Meanwhile, with all of the political ads from Souder and Thomas, the 3rd district congressional race is shaping up to be a battle until the May 4 primary.

Thomas believes the campaign tables have turned and that incumbent Mark Souder is the underdog now.

Thomas said the people of the 3rd district are being cheated out of a debate, and that the May 4 primary results will reflect that feeling.

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