by Jim Nintzel
Democrat Terry Goddard is challenging Gov. Jan Brewer to a half-dozen debates. Guess that means he believes she'll beat Matthew Jette next week.
Here's the release from the Goddard campaign:
Attorney General Terry Goddard today issued a challenge to Jan Brewer, calling for six public debates in locations across Arizona before the General Election on November 2, 2010.
"I propose Jan Brewer step up with me and debate the issues that matter most to Arizonans. In these incredibly difficult times, the people of our State deserve answers, not just sound bites," said Attorney General Terry Goddard.
Full text of the challenge letter can be read here. In it, Goddard voices the concerns of many Arizonans that our State is plummeting downhill. He wrote,
"Arizona is facing critical decisions that will affect each and every Arizonan for better or worse for decades. Arizona's budget deficit for this fiscal year is over a billion dollars while thousands are struggling to find or keep jobs. Arizonans are seeing their homes go into foreclosure and their neighborhoods deteriorate. Our schools rank among the worst and funds for vital social services have been cut or eliminated. The tourism industry has been seriously damaged and many our greatest treasures - our parks - are closed."
Goddard's challenge includes a proposed schedule of debate topics and locations that touch
every corner of Arizona. His proposed topics and locations are:
Balancing Arizona's Budget - Tucson
Public Safety and Protecting Arizona - Kingman
Immigration and Securing Arizona's Border - Sierra Vista
Jobs for Arizona - Yuma
Creating a World Class System for Education in AZ - Phoenix
Tourism, Energy, the Environment and Reviving Rural AZ - Flagstaff
Goddard, the Democratic candidate for Governor, added today that he is confident Jan Brewer will accept his challenge. "There is no more urgent obligation as a candidate for the State's highest office than to clearly and publicly explain our plans for the future," Goddard concluded.
Our guess: Brewer declines the offer.