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Sen. Bob Krist rejects Gov. Ricketts debate schedule; challenges him to 5 debates

“What are you afraid of Gov. Ricketts? Your failure to solve skyrocketing property taxes?”

LINCOLN, NE – Bob Krist, State Senator and candidate for Nebraska Governor, today rejected Gov. Pete Ricketts debate schedule and challenged him to agree to five debates with statewide media coverage.

“I renew my request that Gov. Ricketts agree to five debates, one focused exclusively on property taxes. All should be in debate format with coverage by major media outlets, radio, television and newspapers,” Krist said.

“By not accepting my request for five debates, the Governor is demonstrating how out of touch he is with the concerns of the residents of Nebraska.”

“The Governor has proposed three events, and only the State Fair debate on August 30 is actually a debate. The others are an event organized by the Nebraska Republican Party and a forum where candidates will answer 4-6 questions given in advance. Only the State Fair debate will be televised,” Krist said.

“This is how an out of touch candidate acts, not the governor of a great state. Candidate Pete Ricketts demanded seven debates when he faced Senator Ben Nelson in 2006. What are you afraid of Gov. Ricketts? Your failure to solve skyrocketing property taxes?”

“It is beneath the dignity of the office of governor for Pete Ricketts to deny Nebraskans the opportunity to see and hear our ideas of how we would serve if elected. He should not be allowed to hide from his record,” Krist said.

Here are the debates the Krist campaign have agreed to participate in:

Omaha World-Herald/KMTV, August 30, 3 - 4 p.m., State Fair, Grand Island

Nebraska Educational Television, September 24, 8 - 9 p.m., Lincoln

KETV NewsWatch 7, Omaha

KTIV Television (Sioux City), October 10, 7 p.m., Norfolk

KOLN/KGIN TV & WOWT - Gray Television Network - Omaha, Lincoln, Hastings, North Platte, and Scottsbluff

NTV News, Kearney

“Instead of facing the public in debates conducted and televised statewide by Nebraska's media outlets, Gov. Ricketts wants to run and hide; dodging the media and the glare of television lights hoping that his abysmal record on skyrocketing property taxes, cutting funds to education, opposing access to healthcare for vulnerable Nebraskans, and his whimpering opposition to the President's tariffs will go unnoticed,” Krist said.

July 19, 2018
Contact: Dan Parsons 
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