Debate, yes, but how often? |

Debate, yes, but how often?

Jeff Pelline and Trina Kleist
Staff Writers

Charlie Brown has challenged Tom McClintock to a series of four debates in the race for the 4th Congressional district.

But when McClintock campaigners heard the news Thursday afternoon, they said they were “surprised.”

“We initiated the negotiations with the Charlie Brown campaign” three weeks ago, McClintock spokesman Stan Devereux said. “Tom is willing to debate Charlie Brown. Let’s start putting debates together and have as many as we can.”

Under Brown’s proposal, the debates would occur weekly beginning on Oct. 8 to reach the concerns of the 4th District.

One of the debates, on domestic policy, is proposed the week of Oct. 22 in Nevada County. The others are proposed for Placer and El Dorado counties, as well as the North Counties region.

The two campaigns could not agree on the number of debates, the topics and the format, and were in discussions on the matter as recently as Tuesday, Devereux said.

“We had planned to unveil it together,” Devereux said.

McClintock has been campaigning heavily on the issue of energy and recently called on Brown to encourage House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, to call a special session of Congress to discuss energy.

Brown and McClintock are running for the 4th Congressional District seat being left open by Rep. John Doolittle, R-Roseville, who will step down after his ninth term.

McClintock’s team had proposed nine debates – one in each county – on individual topics including national energy policy and off-shore oil drilling, Devereux said.

To contact Jeff Pelline, e-mail or call 477-4235. To contact Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4230.

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