SALT LAKE CITY – Pursuant to delegate vote at Saturday’s Republican Party State Nominating Convention, senate candidate Dan Liljenquist and Sen.Orrin Hatch are headed to Republican Party primary election. Liljenquist is wasting no time in calling Hatch to a series of college campus debates.
Yesterday, Liljenquist extended an invitation to the Senator seeking debate at eight college campuses across the state and suggested the following: Brigham Young University, Dixie State College of Utah, College of Eastern Utah, Salt Lake City Community College, Southern Utah University, University of Utah, Weber State University and Utah State University.
“I want to bring the debate to the doorstep of the next generation,” Liljenquist said, “because that’s what this is all about – who can lead Utah into the future.”
“Debating ideas and contrasting our records is how candidates can truly inform the voters, not through mailers and radio ads bought by shadowy interest groups,” Liljenquist said. “And realizing that the decisions made now on debt, deficits and entitlements will affect no one more than this next generation, I trust that Sen. Hatch will accept my invitation for this series of debates with the people who will pay for his decisions, good or bad.”
Liljenquist suggested that the debates be coordinated through the Utah Republican Party and the college Republicans at each campus. He said he wants all of the events open to the press and public.
I assume that Hatch will agree to a series of debates like this. After all, he had about that many with incumbent Frank Moss in 1976, where people really got to see the differences between the candidates.
Hatch owes us no less this year.