Date Not Set for Schmookler-Goodlatte Debate

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

The clock is ticking until you decide who will represent Virginia's sixth district in congress.

Democrat Andy Schmookler challenged Congressman Bob Goodlatte for a debate.

Goodlatte said he plans to debate Schmookler before election day.

"We're working on setting the times now. We have to be sure that congress is going to be in adjournment, so I won't be in Washington on a time we set a debate, but we're about at the point where we know when that's going to happen so we look forward to finding a time," Goodlatte said.

Schmookler said his opponent is trying to buy time.
He said four organizations have reached out to Goodlate to set a date.

Schmookler said Goodlatte has not allowed anything to be scheduled.

"Even if we have them after congress recesses.There is no reason we can't get them well set up now that I can think of. I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt, but I think he's trying to run out the clock," Schmookler said.

Julia Smyers with the James Madison University Democrats said she is planning to vote for Schmookler.

But she said for those who haven't made up their mind, a debate would help them decide.

"I think they'd be more informed and be able to make a more educated decision if they see the two people that are running against each other actually talk face to face," Smyers said.

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