With all of the talk about debate going on across the state, there is one debate that should be offered to local voters. Congressman Mac Thornberry owes the people of the 13th District of Texas a debate with both of his opponents.
Thornberry, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since the mid-1990s, is seeking re-election in 2018. While Thornberry’s district is considered to be one of the most Republican-leaning districts in the country and he has comfortably won on the ballot every time he has run for re-election, he owes his local constituents a debate with his opponents.
Democrat Greg Sagan and Libertarian Calvin DeWeese have both signed on to challenge Thornberry, meaning that every party possible has fielded a candidate against the Republican. This should perhaps give even more reason for Thornberry to debate.
I, for one, would like to see Thornberry debate Sagan and DeWeese in a format where it could be viewed my a multitude of constituents. I seem to recall Thornberry debating Elaine Hays and Pam Barlow during the 2014 primary season. I believe he should consider debating Sagan and DeWesse in the same format today.
Next week, the Amarillo Pioneer will be hosting a candidate forum at the American Legion for candidates running for various offices. At this time, at least one of Thornberry’s opponents has agreed to attend. If a debate is not possible due to scheduling, this would provide a prime opportunity for Thornberry to at least make his case to voters, face-to-face with at least one of his opponents.
The people deserve to hear from all the candidates. They deserve a debate.
-Thomas Warren III, Editor-in-Chief