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Jay Townsend on Principles & Values

 


Will debate cardboard cutout of incumbent Schumer

Jay Townsend is trying to set up a debate with his Democratic opponent, even if it's a cardboard proxy. Townsend today called out to a cardboard cutout of incumbent Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., requesting that the real version take up one of the five debates he said several media outlets had requested the two have.

After reading off an anecdote about Schumer calling for multiple debates against his opponent Al D'Amato in 1998, Townsend, a marketing executive, said "if 10 debates was right for Sen. Schumer in 1998, I would think at least one is appropriate in the year 2010."

"I do believe New Yorkers are entitled to hear a vigorous exchange of our view," he said after declaring that this year's elections will determine the destiny of the country. While Schumer's refusal to engage in a debate with Townsend is a major focus of his campaign, he said that it is not defined by it. "I'll be happy to debate the imaginary Chuck if I have to," said Townsend, eyeing the cutout beside him.

Source: Politics-on-the-Hudson coverage of 2010 N.Y. Senate debate Oct 7, 2010

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