September 6, 2022

Bognet Challenges Cartwright to Debates

HAZLETON, PA - Republican Nominee for Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District, Jim Bognet, sent a letter today urging the following networks for more accessible debates across Northeast PA to better inform voters on where their candidates stand on the issues. 

WNEP/Newswatch 16

WBRE/WYOU/Eyewitness News

WOLF/FOX56 WOLF TV

WVIA/PBS/VIA TV

WILK NewsRadio

Read the full letter below:

Nothing is more important than an open and honest debate between candidates seeking to represent the American people. Hearing directly from the candidates about where they stand on the issues and challenging each other when necessary, is invaluable to all Pennsylvania voters. Today, that can only happen when major local stations step up to agree to host, moderate, and televise these debates.

This letter is a request to each of your networks to televise a debate either on your own or with partner organizations. We have many incredible nonpartisan and community-based organizations in Northeast Pennsylvania such as Chambers of Commerce and local universities and colleges that have expressed interest in being a part of debates between myself and Congressman Cartwright, but it takes media partners to make these accessible to the voters of Pennsylvania’s 8th District. 

I am eager to debate on TV and radio on all of the networks included in this letter and I invite each of you to propose dates and debate structures that work for you in order to make these debates happen. We believe the debates should be simulcasted across multiple networks so the largest possible audience of voters can hear directly from me and Rep. Cartwright on where we stand on the important issues facing America and NE Pennsylvania. 

I look forward to hearing back from each of your networks in the coming days and hope you are willing to do your part in helping the people of the 8th District stay informed. Within a week,  President Joe Biden, Former President Donald Trump, and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy all traveled to the 8th District, clearly showing how important this election in PA-8 is, not only for Pennsylvania, but the country. I urge you to create an accessible debate to help voters in NEPA make an informed decision in November.

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