US Senate Candidates Will Meet in Detroit and Grand Rapids
Michigan - October 2, 2008 - US Senate candidates Jack Hoogendyk and Carl Levin have agreed to participate in at least two debates this election season. The first, scheduled for October 19th, will be hosted by WGVU and Grand Valley State University. All seven of Michigan's public television stations have agreed to broadcast the debate live at 7 pm. The second debate will be the following day, October 20th, at the Detroit Economic Club. Click here for tickets to debate in Detroit.
"The unusual thing about these debates is that no negotiations were involved whatsoever -- at least, not that our campaign knew about," said Hoogendyk. "Senator Levin's office sent a letter on September 2nd offering to open up negotiations regarding potential debates, but since that time no one from my campaign has been able to begin to negotiate or even to make contact with the Levin campaign. Phone calls, letters, and e-mails received little or no response. Finally we were contacted by the debate hosts to inform us that Senator Levin had agreed to the debates.
"However, I am glad that Senator Levin recognizes the value of making himself available to answer the voters' questions and make known his positions on the issues. I look forward to the opportunity to tell the voters why reform is needed in the US Senate, and how I plan to bring that about."