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Mitrano: Reed offer of Oct. 27 debate is “far too little, way too late"

"The voters of this district deserve to know both candidates' opinions on the issues we face, yet he wants to wait to hold our first debate Oct. 27, weeks into absentee voting and three days into when early in-person voting is already underway...Voters demand and deserve more from their representatives."

PENN YAN—The Mitrano for Congress campaign learned today that after months of calling for multiple debates across the district, incumbent Tom Reed has finally agreed to one debate on October 27, just one week before this critical election.

"This is far too little and way too late," Mitrano said. "He is up to his same old tricks. Trying to play his opponent like he tries to play the voters of this district. The voters of this district deserve to know both candidates' opinions on the issues we face, yet he wants to wait to hold our first debate Oct. 27, weeks into absentee voting and three days into when early in-person voting is already underway. That's not accessibility. Voters demand and deserve more from their representatives."

A Washington Post poll showed "about six in 10 registered voters nationwide say they want to cast their ballots before Election Day, a significant departure from previous years that will force the candidates to reshape how they campaign in the election season’s final weeks." So, with an outsized percentage of votes already cast by October 27, the impact of Reed's proposed debate will be far too limited. Americans living overseas, including members of the military and federal employees, likely won't see the live-streamed debate before sending their vote. Election commissioners mailed ballots to service members just today, and the military recommends mailing them back by Oct. 5 if aboard a ship, or if stateside, by the end of the day Oct. 27, hours before Reed's proposed debate.

"The brave men and women serving in the Armed Forces and their immediate families need to know who or what they're voting for," Mitrano said, "Especially given Reed's cynical record with vets. He uses them as a tool in campaign season and neglects them after that. Most egregious, he failed to defend them from President Trump's atrocious disrespectful comments about our fallen soldiers. Debates would clarify Reed’s neglect of vets, and generally to the people of this district.”

Mitrano said voters want open forums to hear candidates’ perspectives in time to digest their statements and make sound decisions: “That is the essence of the democratic process.

"Of course, I will debate him, but Reed needs to stop his ridiculous stalling tactics, hiding for as long as possible his record as a typical career politician in Washington,” she added. “He needs to start treating people with respect."

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Claudia Wheatley
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Posted on September 18, 2020 in Press Releases.

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Tracy Mitrano is a cybersecurity expert, teacher, and mother. She was born and raised in Western New York and has lived in the Southern Tier and the Finger Lakes throughout her adult life.

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