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Wilkins says Congresswoman Renee Ellmers is dodging debate

Democratic challenger Steve Wilkins is calling on Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers to debate -- but so far she is refusing.

Wilkins said that Ellmers, who represents the 2nd District, has turned down an offer to debate on WTVD in Raleigh. “Voters deserve some answers from Rep. Ellmers about her record,” Wilkins said. “Debates should be a basic part of the electoral process.''

Ellmer's campaign spokeswoman Jessica Wood said the two candidates will appear on WRAL-TV, but the station says it is an interview -- not a debate, as Wood contends.

Wilkins, who served 22 years in the Army where he was a veteran of the war in Iraq, currently works for Boeing Co. He lives in Moore County.

He mocked Ellmers recent fundraising message asking for donations to reach her newly drawn district. “If Congresswoman Ellmers wants to introduce herself to the voters, she should debate,” Wilkins said in a statement. “Unfortunately, she can’t defend her record as being part of a failed Congress that has passed the buck on virtually every important piece of legislation that came before them.”

--Rob Christensen and John Frank, staff writers


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All the candidates should debate

I "feel your pain" Steve Wilkins and I agree. All the candidates for CD2 should agree to debate, and be invited to all debates. But that's not the case with WTVD and WRAL, who have not invited me to participate in the "interviews." Since I've already met Steve at several campaign events, maybe he and I ought to conduct our own debate. 

Brian Irving, Libertarian for Congress

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