For immediate release
March 31, 2014
More than two weeks ago, on March 16th, Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Hoefling challenged incumbent Governor Terry Branstad to a series of five debates in the run up to the June 3rd GOP primary.
Tom Hoefling today said, “In fifteen days, we have heard nothing back from the Governor or his campaign. As the challenger, I’ve done my part. The ball remains in his court.”
The Hoefling debate proposal includes four smaller events hosted and organized by willing county GOP organizations within the four congressional districts, and would culminate in a large venue debate hosted by the state party. Any proceeds would be split proportionally between the various party organizations participating, for use in electing local Republicans in November. Moderation would be provided by the state and county party chairmen.
Hoefling said at the time, “I think ‘Building Iowa’s Future,’ which is Terry Branstad’s campaign theme, is the right focus for debate. But I also think that the people of Iowa deserve to hear both candidates in this primary explain fully what they think that future should look like.”
He added, “If Governor Branstad does not find this reasonable, constructive proposal to be acceptable, I am willing to debate any time, anywhere in the state, under any circumstance.”