“We are running out of time and the people in this district deserve to know where their candidates stand,” said first-time Democratic candidate, Courtney Tritch.
On Monday, Tritch held a press conference calling on Republican incumbent 3rd District Congressman Jim Banks to agree to four debates this fall. Tritch received 79 percent of the vote in the May primary. She said immediately after her win, she challenged the incumbent to six debates but said Banks has not confirmed one.
“The only things I hear coming from my opponent are either fear-mongering rhetoric and lies about me or just political double speak about the issues,” said Tritch.
Monday afternoon, after receiving the endorsement of the Indiana Farm Bureau Elect Pac, Banks responded to his opponent. He says he’s looking forward to debating and is confident doing so will prove he is the better option.
“I guess I’m not in as much of a hurry as she is, she is anxious,” said Banks. “She is desperate in trying to find something to talk about in the campaign instead of the issues because she’s so far to the left of the values of this district.”
Tritch is giving Banks 10 days to respond to her request.
Banks would not say how many debates he’d agree to but said he will likely do them closer to election day.
Both Tritch and Banks are in talks with local media outlets, including WANE-TV, to set dates for debates.