Puckett says no to debate suggestion

(Article published Mar 8, 2008 in the South Bend Tribune)

Luke Puckett has told Tony Zirkle he has no interest in debating.
Both men are Republican candidates in the 2nd Congressional District, currently represented by Democrat Joe Donnelly of Granger.Puckett, of Goshen, has the support of the local Republican Party, while party officials have tried to distance themselves from Zirkle, who has suggested segregation of the races needs to be discussed.

“What’s your campaign’s position on debates?” Zirkle, a South Bend attorney, asked in an e-mail to the Puckett campaign. “I can probably be available any night except Friday night for a debate in any of the 12” of the 2nd Congressional District.

Kyle Bailey, campaign manager for Puckett, responded, “Due to your outrageous and hurtful comments toward African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Americans of all cultures, we decline any debates.”

The Puckett campaign would prefer to concentrate on a positive vision for the future, Bailey said


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