News Release — Phil Scott for Governor
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Phil Scott will participate in eleven (11) gubernatorial debates
Middlesex, Vt. – Phil Scott’s campaign today released a list of the eleven (11) debates Scott will participate in prior to the General Election in 69 days.
"Debates are an effective platform for candidates to discuss their priorities and plans, and to highlight important contrasts that exist among them," said Scott campaign spokeswoman Brittney Wilson.
“There is a clear choice in this election. Phil Scott is the only candidate who is focused on growing the economy, making Vermont more affordable and restoring Vermonters’ faith and trust in their government,” Wilson said. “Phil has set strict budget limits; has a plan to modernize state government; a plan to combat the opiate crisis; and real ideas to address our crumbling infrastructure. In the coming weeks, Phil will be rolling out a comprehensive economic development plan to reinforce his commitment to creating jobs and making Vermont more affordable. He looks forward to to highlighting the reasons why he's the right choice in this election.”
Phil Scott sees debates as valuable opportunities to further highlight the differences between him and the other candidates, Wilson continued.
“For starters, Phil’s approach to rebuilding prosperity for all Vermonters will not be through new taxes and fees like the $700 million Sue Minter’s party has forced on Vermonters over the last six years of one party rule,” Wilson said. “That is why he has committed to participate in eleven debate events.”
PHIL SCOTT’S DEBATE SCHEDULE
8/22 – VT-NEA Debate on Vermont PBS (Only major party candidates invited)*
9/22 – VT Commission on Women Forum (All three candidates invited)
9/25 – Windham County Gubernatorial Forum (All three candidates invited)
9/28 – VT Digger Debate in Rutland (All three candidates invited)*
10/6 –Vermont PBS (All three candidates invited)
10/10 – AARP VT (Only major party candidate invited)*
10/17 – vtTA and Seven Days Gubernatorial Round Table (All candidates invited)
10/18 – WCAX (Only major party candidates invited)*
10/23 – Vermont Press Association (All three candidates invited) *
10/25 – WPTZ (All three candidates invited)
11/3 – VPR (All three candidates invited)
BALANCING DEBATES WITH DIRECT VOTER DIALOGUE
Three weeks ago, the Scott campaign issued debate criteria as a means of maximizing the time their candidate can spend engaging with Vermonters directly. “One of our requests to debate organizers was to honor the great tradition in Vermont of giving every candidate’s voice an equal opportunity to be heard in the public square,” Wilson said. “We applaud the eight (8) organizations that have invited all three candidates for Governor to make their case to voters.”
Wilson said the campaign is disappointed that three (3) organizers do not share their support for an inclusive debate of the issues. “We urged them to reconsider and invite all candidates. They politely declined. Phil is looking forward to those debates nonetheless and we respect the fact that our campaign committed to these events before the primary and before creating our criteria.”
*Debate/forums scheduled prior to primary and/or addition of third-party candidate on the ballot