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Debate over debates: Yoder wants 13, Young offers 2

by WHAS11


Posted on September 17, 2012 at 11:18 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- It's the debate over debates.

Ninth Congressional District incumbent Todd Young (R-IN) has agreed to two debates with Democrat challenger Shelli Yoder, but Yoder wants at least five more, if not her original proposal for 13 debates.

"We should be able to have a very positive town hall discussion in every single county," Yoder explained, "so the constituents can hear their options."

No dates have been set for the two debates, one at the Pulliam School of Journalism at Franklin College in Johnson County, the other at an undetermined site in Harrison County. 

Yoder's campaign pointed out that the debates avoid the district's largest population centers, including Clark and Floyd counties. 

In the 2010 race, then Congressman Baron Hill (D) agreed to two debates against Young.

"(Young) wanted seven," Yoder recalled.  "He felt that seven was important.  So we compromised and said if seven was good enough in 2010, let's make seven good enough now."

"So, we went from thirteen to two, and hopefully we'll settle on seven," Yoder said.

"We agreed to two debates that provide geographic balance between the northern and southern ends of the district," said Young campaign spokesman Trevor Foughty.  "We look forward to working with the debate hosts to put on two events that help voters understand the differences on the issues between the candidates."

Yoder said Young's campaign told her campaign that voters today can access the candidates' positions on the Internet.

"Not all families have access to the Internet," Yoder complained.  "So many families don't even have a home computer or have broadband technology access.  So that in and of itself is really out of touch."

"This debate-about-debates doesn't tell anyone how we will get our economy moving again or how we will put Hoosiers back to work," Foughty said.  "It's our hope that this race will now refocus on the issues that matter to voters."