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Congressman Moulton and candidate Schneider debate about debating

Schneider to Moulton: Stop hiding and debate

On Election Day, the voters of the 6th Congressional District will choose who will represent their interests in Congress. Applying for the job is the incumbent Seth Moulton (D-Salem) and his Republican challenger Joseph Schneider.

In order for the constituents to make an informed choice, they are entitled to hear the candidates debate the issues and present their visions.

It’s the Massachusetts way, it’s the American way. Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez agreed to multiple debates, as have U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Republican opponent Geoff Diehl.

Schneider has challenged Moulton to at least three debates. So far, the congressman has rejected several offers from debate sponsors, agreeing only to have a “dialogue” just  before the election long after absentee ballots are mailed. This is unusual because in 2014 when he was running against U.S. Rep. John Tierney, Moulton said “Massachusetts families deserve better than a congressman who ducks and hides. I will debate Congressman Tierney anytime, anywhere.”

It’s time for Moulton to step up and live up to his words and stated values, and agree to debate Schneider, “anytime, anywhere.” To do less is to disrespect the voters that have sent him to Washington, as well as the fundamental principles of our democracy. Why is Moulton traveling the country campaigning at Democratic fundraisers and not coming home to defend his four year record? He is re-applying for this job, he needs to show up for the interview. Massachusetts families deserve better.

Schneider for Congress,

Beverly.

Moulton to Schneider: We’ll meet on Oct. 24

Congressman Moulton looks forward to his longstanding commitment to appear with his opponent on the 24th. CBS is hosting with Dan Rea at 8 p.m. at Endicott College. They have agreed to the same format that was used in 2014 — the last time Seth had a general election opponent.
He is proud of his strong track record of engaging with his constituents as their congressman. The Schneider’s campaign’s claim otherwise is patently false and a desperate attempt to gain some press attention, as would be expected from the party of Trump.

Matt Corridoni, spokesman for U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton

Moulton’s office in press releases detailed the following information:
Moulton has hosted town hall meetings during his current congressional term in Gloucester, Reading, Lynn, North Andover, Newburyport, Beverly, Boxford, Marblehead, Salem, Saugus, Wakefield, Tewksbury, and Peabody with the town halls accessible via live stream through Moulton’s Facebook page.
Moulton’s office won the Congressional Management Foundation’s inaugural Democracy Award for Transparency and Accountability.

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