Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Senator Vincent Sheheen made public today a challenge he sent to his opponent, Republican Representative Nikki Haley, to five debates in the Lincoln-Douglas style on five topics in five regions of South Carolina.
As outlined in the letter sent to Haley last week, Sheheen wrote:
I challenge you to debates on jobs and the economy in Greenville, education in Columbia, governmental reform and transparency in Charleston, comprehensive tax reform in Rock Hill and infrastructure and tourism in Myrtle Beach. I propose the debates follow the Lincoln-Douglas format as prescribed by the National Forensic League, the oldest and largest interscholastic forensic organization in the United States.
Haley’s campaign spokesman Rob Godfrey sent South Carolina Radio Network this response:
Nikki looks forward to debating with Vincent Sheheen and the opportunity to contrast her conservative reform vision for South Carolina with Sen. Sheheen’s liberal ideology and status quo vision. But I’m sure you’ll forgive us if we refrain from allowing our opponent to unilaterally determine the locations, formats and topics of those debates.