CONTACT: John Vinson
(Delafield, WI) – Today, Kevin Nicholson, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, issued a debate challenge to his primary opponent, State Senator Leah Vukmir. Nicholson, a Marine Corps veteran and political newcomer who is leading the Wisconsin GOP primary in both fundraising and polling, is seeking a series of structured debates in six cities across Wisconsin during the months of March and April.
“Republicans throughout Wisconsin are excited about the very real opportunity we have to defeat Tammy Baldwin this November – but it’s going to require a nominee who is up to the challenge,” said Nicholson. “With less than nine months before Election Day, it’s time to publicly allow voters the chance to hear more from State Senator Vukmir and myself about our positions on issues. The best way to do this is to hold a series of respectful debates over the month of March and April so voters can decide who will best represent them in Washington when it comes to the future direction of our state and nation. When we both signed the unity pledge in January, Senator Ron Johnson asked us both to focus our energies on challenging and defeating Tammy Baldwin – and these proposed debates are an important step to quickly move in that direction.”
The Nicholson for Senate campaign sent a letter to State Senator Vukmir’s campaign, outlining the debate challenge. The proposal from the Nicholson for Senate campaign seeks to have structured, moderated debates in six cities across the Badger State in March and April: Eau Claire, Green Bay, Hudson, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, and Wausau. Once Vukmir agrees to the concept in principle, the campaigns will negotiate the final terms, and begin sharing the details with Republican voters in each area. Both candidates have already been invited to participate in a debate in the Milwaukee area on March 28, hosted by Jeff Wagner of WTMJ. Nicholson has accepted the invitation.