Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is running scared from his bold progressive opponent Rob Zerban. Despite Zerban’s strong candidacy –he actually out-raised Ryan in the third quarter — Ryan has not agreed to a single debate with him, in a huge disservice to voters.
But it isn’t just Democrats who are upset about Members of Congress like Ryan who won’t debate their opponent.
At a recent town hall, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) complained about how his Democratic opponent, Tammy Duckworth, only agreed to one debate with him. He then went on to imply that voters should not cast a vote for anyone who isn’t willing to take part in debates:
WALSH: We had the one debate last week, the one debate where she’ll get in front of people with me, she’s turned down 13 debates…. I’m a Republican, but I would say the same thing if i was running against a Republican, nobody in this country, this year should vote for any candidate that doesn’t get in front of people and find out what’s going on in your lives and tell you where they stand on issues.
So don’t take it from us — take it from far-right Republican Joe Walsh. Candidates like Paul Ryan who duck their own constituents and refuse to debate with their opponents don’t deserve votes.
PCCC plans to make hundreds of thousands of calls for Elizabeth Warren’s Massachusetts Senate race. Another top priority is Alan Grayson’s House race in Florida. Call Out The Vote will also help Sen. Sherrod Brown’s re-election effort in Ohio and Tammy Baldwin’s Senate campaign in Wisconsin. On the House side, calls will go out for Rob Zerban, who is trying unseat Paul Ryan, Annie Kuster’s campaign in New Hampshire, and several other progressive candidates. [more]
One of the most prominent progressive groups in the country is launching a major voter outreach effort on behalf of 20 congressional campaigns, calling it the “crown jewel” of its election functions. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee hopes to place one million phone calls to targeted voters through the effort, named “Call Out The Vote.” [more]
Since Romney’s VP announcement on Saturday morning, the progressives have raised over $75,000 for the Rob Zerban, the progressive Democrat running against Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st District, the Progressive Campaign Change Committee announced Monday. PCCC members’ contributions made up almost half of the total raised. [more]
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee shows what that process looks like in a new video posted Wednesday. The clip shows progressive candidates nationwide attacking the Ryan Budget and using it to build support with seniors. [more]
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