Barrow accepts Press Club debate invitation

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ATLANTA — Democratic U.S. Rep. John Barrow committed Thursday to participate in a debate to be broadcast statewide even if his Republican challenger stays home.

The Atlanta Press Club announced that the Democratic incumbent will be there despite his having earlier conditioned his participation on the acceptance of GOP challenger Lee Anderson.

Anderson, a Grovetown state representative, was quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday saying he declined because the Oct. 21 debate would only give Barrow a wider forum to lie about his record.

Anderson has turned down all other debate invitations during the general election, although he took part in 17 events during the July primary when three other candidates shared the stages with him.

The Atlanta Press Club, the host of the debate, works with Georgia Public Broadcasting to present debates to statewide audiences.

The club also expects C-SPAN to air the debate because the race has drawn national attention because Barrow, an Augusta resident, is the only white Democratic congressman left in the Deep South.

Also Thursday, the club issued invitations to the candidates running for two seats on the Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities such as Georgia Power Co., which is constructing two reactors at its Plant Vogtle near Augusta.

Two of the challengers accepted almost immediately.

Libertarian David Staples, who wants to unseat Republican Stan Wise, jumped on the chance to participate in a televised half-hour discussion.

“Absolutely,” Staples wrote in an e-mail in response to a question about his participation. “I believe it’s important for voters to know where candidates stand on the issues so they can make informed choices. This is especially true for an office that is largely ignored, such as the PSC … ”

Democratic challenger Steve Oppen­heimer, who wants to remove Republican Chuck Eaton, is also eager, according to his spokesman Ted Terry.

“With all of our debates, our hope is to give voters the opportunity to learn where the candidates stand on the issues in a nonpartisan setting so they can make an informed decision on election day,” said Lauri Strauss, the press club’s executive director.

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southern2
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southern2 09/20/12 - 05:54 pm
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Is it still a debate if only

Is it still a debate if only one is there? Maybe Barrow could bring an empty chair to converse with.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 09/20/12 - 07:11 pm
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southern2, or an empty

southern2, or an empty tractor haha. Go Barrow. You are *gasp wheeze* the lesser of two evils. Actually you're pretty alright.

tcowan13
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tcowan13 09/20/12 - 08:54 pm
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John Barrow Is.....

I Have Met John Barrow Personally.He Is A Very Straightforward And Good Man.I Endorse Him Completely.Anderson Scares Me.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/21/12 - 02:49 am
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Debate: "A formal contest of

Debate: "A formal contest of argumentation in which two opposing teams defend and attack a given proposition."

This would give Anderson a chance to challenge any of Barrow's supposed lies. It would also give Anderson an opportunity to discuss his ideas, plans, and solutions and present them to the entire district. Why wouldn't he welcome this oppurtunity? I would love to hear him exlplain his full energy plan so we aren't "relying on Iran" to get our oil as his website states.

wildman
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wildman 09/21/12 - 04:47 am
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Lee Who?

The only time I see Lee Anderson is on the commercials for John Barrow. If Lee expects to win it would be nice to hear from him or see him out and about. It's like he's in hiding. He should accept the debate and tell us his plans. See no Lee, no vote for Lee. Simple.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/21/12 - 08:29 am
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Hinterlands

Anderson is not hiding. He is out and about talking to voters. Here's the deal — Richmond County will go heavy (~70%) to Barrow. That will be partially offset by Columbia County going heavy (~80%) to Anderson. Of course Columbia County is smaller than Richmond, so there are some votes to make up. Those will have to come from the other, largely rural counties (Screven, Burke, Jenkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Emanuel, etc.). Those counties are where you will find Lee Anderson quietly introducing himself to the farmers, the farm suppliers, and the townspeople supported by agribusiness.

The wild card, perhaps the dealmaker, will be Laurens County. It's fairly large in population, and you would think it would be fairly conservative. However, its politics have trended Democrat for some years. It's a bit of an anomaly for rural Georgia.

Anderson is doing what he needs to do to win, and that is to stay off TV and meet voters directly.

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dstewartsr 09/21/12 - 08:55 am
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Of course Barrow accepted.

... A snake oil salesman wants nothing more than a platform and a gathering of sympathetic rubes for his product.

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Pickett 09/21/12 - 09:19 am
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Embarrassed Republican

My usual statement (and in a majority of cases it's true) is that voting for any Republican is better than voting for a Democrat. However, Anderson is the exception in this case. I really don't understand how Rick Allen lost to this guy. I understand he is a big hit with the rural (insert tractor here) base and that Allen carried Columbia and Richmond counties, but still... what in the world makes someone think Anderson is qualified to run for any office? And, now, he's ducking Barrow in a debate? I think Barrow would wipe the floor with him on diction alone. I really wish there was a third candidate in the race or Allen would go Independent. We are screwed, folks.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/21/12 - 09:45 am
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Exactly

Pickett posted:

I think Barrow would wipe the floor with him on diction alone.

That is why Anderson's handlers are wise to dodge any debates; especially debates run by the Atlanta Press Club and broadcast on public TV stations. That's a liberal set up if I've ever heard of one.

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Retired Army 09/21/12 - 10:42 am
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Re: Little Lamb 09/21/12 - 08:29 am

LL writes:"Anderson is doing what he needs to do to win, and that is to stay off TV"

Almost had to give LL a thumbs up for that one. After reviewing the several youtube links provided by techfan if I were Anderson I'd stay off TV too.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/21/12 - 10:51 am
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Thumbs

Come on, RA. It wouldn't hurt you to give me a thumbs up once in a great while.

:-)

Pickett
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Pickett 09/21/12 - 11:44 am
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The video provided above from ...

the debate on hospitals was an eye opener. Had not seen that one. I had to watch it a couple of times to make sure it wasn't a Saturday Night Live skit.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/21/12 - 02:27 pm
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A debate on statewide tv,

A debate on statewide tv, where he's free to say whatever he wants and challenge any of his opponents comments, is a liberal setup? Now I've heard it all.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/21/12 - 02:38 pm
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Is Brad Means a liberal

Is Brad Means a liberal plant? Maybe that's why Anderson dodged a debate here. There's no way I'm voting for Anderson, but I could live with Allen. At least he's intelligent. I'm like the others, how did he lose to a guy like Anderson? Oh well, if Anderson wins, maybe he can join Bachmann on the Intelligence Committee :)

Retired Army
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Retired Army 09/21/12 - 03:41 pm
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Little Lamb 09/21/12 - 10:51 am

More often than you think.

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