* I told you yesterday that Bruce Rauner had agreed to five debates. Kirk Dillard believes he ought to agree to far more. From a press release…
The Dillard-Tracy campaign today released the list of debates and forums in which they will be participating in the coming months. This list is in addition to the many other forums that Senator Dillard and State Representative Tracy have already participated in.
January 11 Women’s Republican Club Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Forum
January 14 Will County GOP Tea Party Debate
January 16 Daily Herald Forum
January 20 Chicago Tonight/WTTW - Mikva Challenge (Gubernatorial)
January 21 WGN/Chicago Tribune Debate
January 22 Union League Club Debate
January 23 Illinois Public Broadcasters/League of Women Voters Debate
February 3 Sun-Times Candidate Forum
February 4 Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Debate
February 10 WLS-AM/NW Suburban Townships Debate
February 16 Illinois Forum Debate
February 18 Citizens Club of Springfield Debate
February 20 Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Forum
February 25 Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Debate
February 25 Chicago Tonight/WTTW - Mikva Challenge (Lt. Governor)
February 27 ABC7 Chicago/League of Women Voters Debate/Univision
March 4 NBC5/University of Chicago Debate
March 6 Chicago Tonight/WTTW Lt. Governor Debate
March 13 Chicago Tonight/WTTW Gubernatorial Debate
Debates and forums are an important way for voters to learn more about the candidates and their positions. The Rauner campaign recently announced that it will participate in 5 events, none of which are in January.
“It’s curious that Bruce Rauner has decided to skip all debates and forums in January,” Campaign Manager Glenn Hodas said. “Perhaps they interfere with his Montana fly-fishing vacation plans with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Regardless, we’ll be here in Illinois, talking about bringing more jobs to our state, and Bruce can return to the conversation after his trip.”
That January 23rd debate is particularly important to Downstate public TV stations. Rauner ought to agree to that one.
But, on the whole, I’m not sure if many people care what debates that candidates engage in. And since Rauner has positioned himself as the “inevitable frontrunner,” limiting his debate exposure is an expected move.