Bob Kerrey challenged Deb Fischer on Thursday to a Senate race debate on health care.
“Health care is a crucial issue to Nebraska,” said Kerrey, a Democrat, speaking at a press conference in west Omaha. “Debates inform the citizens.”
Fischer, the Republican he's running against, has expressed ardent opposition to the federal health care law that for the most part was upheld last week by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Fischer already turned down an invitation from Dr. Richard O'Brien, professor emeritus at Creighton University, to participate with Kerrey in a forum focused on health care.
Asked about the Kerrey proposal, the Fischer camp repeated its previous criticism that Kerrey now advocates for debates he largely avoided as a Senate candidate in 1988 and 1994.
But Fischer spokesman Daniel Keylin said she “looks forward to participating in several debates, where each candidate will have the opportunity to share their ideas on a wide range of issues, including health care reform.”
The two candidates have agreed thus far on one debate: at the Nebraska State Fair next month in Grand Island.
Kerrey said “it's very easy to demagogue” on such issues as health care. But reducing them to bumper-sticker slogans, he said, informs no one.
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