Jon Ralston Slams Danny Tarkanian’s Debate Proposal as “a Joke” and “Pathetic”

Ralston noted that it “makes no sense” to suggest moderators from Northern Nevada for a district in Southern Nevada “unless you don’t want to debate”

Jacky Rosen is a prominent leader in the local Jewish community, but Tarkanian’s debate proposal would force a debate during Rosh Hashanah

Henderson, Nev. – Yesterday, failed perennial candidate and Tea Party radical Danny Tarkanian put forward an absurd debate proposal for two individuals from Northern Nevada to moderate a debate for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, a competitive swing seat that is entirely based in southern Clark County. Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston quickly slammed Tarkanian’s debate proposal as “a joke” and noted that it seems “odd” and “pathetic.” Ralston also noted that it “makes no sense” to suggest moderators from Northern Nevada for a district in Southern Nevada “unless you don’t want to debate.”

Campaign manager David Furr released the following statement: “Danny Tarkanian should be embarrassed because he has been involved in enough failed political campaigns to know that this debate proposal is a sham. Jacky Rosen is a prominent leader in Southern Nevada’s Jewish community and she will not be debating over Rosh Hashanah. Jacky has lived in Southern Nevada for nearly 40 years and will not participate in a debate with two moderators from Reno. Over a month ago our campaign proposed two debates, but it seems like Danny is just playing games and trying to lay the groundwork for his next campaign for Congress up in Northern Nevada.”

Background

1. On August 9, the Rosen campaign proposed two debates: one with KTNV moderated by Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston, and another hosted by NBC/Telemundo. For more than a month and a half, the Tarkanian campaign has been radio silent.

2. Jacky Rosen is a prominent leader in Southern Nevada’s Jewish community. Rosh Hashanah begins
on October 2 and ends on October 4. She is the former President of Congregation Ner Tamid, the state’s largest Reform synagogue. It is offensive to try to propose that the only debate for voters would have to be during the High Holidays.

3. Sam Shad and Ray Hagar live in Northern Nevada — they are unknown to Clark County voters. Why are they qualified to host a debate about a district that is entirely based in southern Clark County?

4. The Rosen campaign already proposed a debate on KSNV/Telemundo with talent from their stations — why is the Tarkanian campaign proposing a debate at KSNV’s studio but refusing to actuallydebate on KSNV?