(Brian Baluta, Dr. Joe Heck) Today, after three weeks without a response, the Dr. Joe Heck for U.S. Senate campaign reiterated its unanswered challenge to the Cortez Masto campaign for debates in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko, broadcast statewide, including Spanish-language outlets.
“Nevadans deserve to see the contrast between someone like Dr. Joe Heck, who offers real-world experience and solutions for the problems facing our state, and Catherine Cortez Masto, a career politician who offers the same old partisan talking points she’s recited day after day since her campaign began. We are ready for this to happen and eager to set the schedule,” said Heck spokesperson Brian Baluta.
As stated in the original debate release and letter (below), the Heck campaign would like to work with the Cortez Masto campaign to finalize the schedule.
Dr. Joe Heck challenges Cortez Masto to debates in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko
Featuring statewide broadcasts, including English and Spanish-language television and radio outlets
Today, Dr. Joe Heck for U.S. Senate formally issued a debate counteroffer to the Cortez Masto campaign in a letter from Heck Campaign Manager James Langenderfer to Cortez Masto Campaign Manager Scott Fairchild. Emphasizing the importance of reaching all Nevadans, the Heck campaign proposes three debates in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko to be broadcast statewide on television and radio, including Spanish-language outlets.
“Dr. Joe Heck wants to serve all Nevadans as their next U.S. Senator, which is why we propose debates in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko to be broadcast statewide,” said Langenderfer. “With more than 86 percent of its land controlled by the federal government – the highest percentage of any state – policies in Washington, D.C. have an outsized impact on our economy, with different outcomes for different communities. Dr. Heck believes holding these debates across the Silver State sends a powerful message that all of Nevada’s voices will be heard.”
View letter below:
Catherine Cortez Masto for Senate
8020 South Rainbow Blvd. Suite 100-112
Las Vegas, Nevada 89139
I reviewed your debate proposal and offer the following in response.
We agree, Nevadans of every background should have a voice in choosing our next U.S. Senator, which is why we propose an hour-long, prime-time debate hosted by the Nevada Broadcasters Association. This debate will be held at the Vegas PBS studios and broadcast on English and Spanish-language television and radio outlets throughout Nevada.
We believe issues important to Northern and rural Nevada should receive the attention they deserve. With more than 86 percent of Nevada’s lands controlled by the federal government, decisions made in Washington, D.C. have dramatic and lasting effects on the Silver State’s economy.
Voters in these areas deserve to know if their next U.S. Senator will be their champion or beholden to special interests like Ms. Masto’s biggest donor and your former employer, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), an organization that seeks to end grazing, agriculture, mining and off-roading on lands across Nevada and the West. Nevadans understand the devastating economic consequences of such policies and should have the opportunity to find out where the candidates stand on these issues. As such, we purpose debates in Reno and Elko hosted by Nevada Newsmakers, which will be carried statewide on Sinclair Broadcast Group outlets
In order to finalize the schedule and details, I suggest you and I meet at a mutually convenient time and location. Please contact me to coordinate.
Dr. Joe Heck for U.S. Senate