EAST MOLINE - Bobby Schilling is calling on Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) to debate in each of Illinois' 17th CD counties leading up to the November 2014 election. Schilling said he has already accepted an invitation to a televised debate in October hosted by WQAD and the Dispatch/Rock Island Argus, and hopes Bustos will take the challenge.
"Debate is a historic part of the political process, but in recent years it has devolved into a battle of who can deliver the best five second sound byte," Schilling said. "We're looking to have a long-form, substantive discussion of the issues in as many towns as possible, especially in some of the rural communities that are often overlooked and forgotten."
Jon Schweppe, communications director at Bobby Schilling for Congress, said that Bustos, who has held no town halls during her first term in office, could use the face time with her constituents.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for incumbent Congresswoman Bustos, and we hope she takes us up on it," Schweppe said. "As a Member of Congress, Bobby Schilling made sure to visit every town he could—from Erie to Gulfport. There are plenty of towns where Bustos has never even stepped foot."
The 17th District voters are growing tired of her photo ops and 140 character Facebook posts, Schilling's campaign said.
"They want to hear where she stands and why she refuses to answer simple questions."