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Becchi wants three debates with Sherrill

Congresswoman’s campaign signals willingness for more than one debate

By Nikita Biryukov, August 10 2020 12:29 pm

House challenger Rosemary Becchi wants to debate Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) three times by mid-October.

“With record unemployment and an economy destroyed by the pandemic, too many people are staying awake at night worrying about how they are going to pay their bills and put food on the table,” she said. “This election might be the most important election of our lifetime and I believe the voters deserve to hear directly from the candidates on what they plan to do to responsibly reopen and get Jersey back to work.”

Becchi’s debate challenge doesn’t provide any specific dates or suggest any specific moderators, though she asked the debates begin in September and end by mid-October.

The challenger wants debate moderators to be apolitical.

Though Sherrill’s campaign did not clearly say whether the first-term congresswoman would meet her challenger on the debate stage three times, Sherrill campaign manager Elizabeth Davis suggested they’ll spar on the stage more than once.

“Rep. Sherrill looks forward to debates this fall to talk about the important work she’s doing in Congress to fight for New Jersey families — work for the people of the 11th District that stands in contrast to her opponent’s record of lobbying for corporate clients,” Davis said.

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