Raja Krishnamoorthi, Democratic candidate for the 8th congressional district, is challenging U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-8) to a debate on how to handle the jobs crisis. Krishnamoorthi says the debate can happen tomorrow night, directly after President Obama's speech on the issue, at the jobs forum Walsh says he is attending in lieu of being in Washington. The candidate says he is also open to other dates, insisting that he is not only seeking the debate as a candidate, but is interested in the discussion as a constituent and small business owner as well.
Krishnamoorthi added the following about his debate challenge:
Rep. Walsh’s decision not to attend President Obama’s speech on job creation is a clear indication he believes he has all the answers when it comes to renewing the U.S. economy. Rep. Walsh has challenged the President to debate him in town halls, but he opted to disrespect the President and not even attend a presidential speech before a joint session of Congress. Since Rep. Walsh prides himself on holding town halls and listening to his constituents, I challenge him to debate one of his constituents who happens to be a small business leader who deals everyday with trying to create jobs here in Illinois. I suggest we debate jobs policy immediately after the President's speech tomorrow night at Congressman Walsh's small business forum, and if that time does not work, I will meet Rep. Walsh anytime, anywhere to debate the best way to create jobs. After all, that is my job and what I will work to do every day in Congress.