Rep. Tom MacArthur’s campaign said on Thursday that Democratic challenger Andy Kim backed out of a joint appearance next week on NJTV.
“Andy Kim is the epitome of a DCCC-created candidate, manufactured behind closed doors and shipped up from Washington, D.C. to run for Congress,” said MacArthur. “By ducking this joint appearance, Andy Kim proves what I have been saying all along – he is not capable of standing on his own two feet and debating the important issues facing South Jersey and our country.”
The Kim campaign didn’t seem perturbed by the MacArthur camp’s accusations.
“Another week, another absurd and false accusation from Tom MacArthur, who has clearly seen the latest polling,” said Kim campaign manager Zack Carroll. “Andy is looking forward to his first interview with Michael Aron and is equally excited to take the debate stage against Tom MacArthur to highlight his record of raising premiums and slashing health care coverage from 23 million Americans over the next five months.”
According to the MacArthur campaign, Kim declined a joint appearance less than a week after he said he would welcome a debate with MacArthur “anytime, anywhere.” But, the Kim camp contests that assertion, saying that the plan all along was for Kim’s appearance to be solo.
While she didn’t weigh in on the original scheduling, but she made clear that the MacArthur and Kim’s appearances were not intended to be a debate.
“This is not a ‘debate;’ it is an interview,” she said. “Candidates have appeared together and separately during races like this to discuss pertinent issues in that district and the state. Regardless of the logistics, it’s an opportunity for our viewers to gain perspective on the candidates’ positions on those issues.”