Dr. Margaret Flowers to Rep. Chris Van Hollen: Will You Open the Debate?

On October 7, 2015, Rep. Donna Edwards was asked on WEAA's Marc Steiner Show if she would debate a Green Party opponent if she were to win the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. She responded: "Far be it for me to exclude anyone, anyone who is running to make sure that they get to communicate their views to the voters. I believe and feel strongly about the views and the values that I share as a Democrat and when I win the nomination I will feel strongly about proudly asserting those in a debate with whomever wants to take me on." Dr. Margaret Flowers - who is seeking the Green Party's nomination for that seat - thanks Rep. Edwards for taking that stance and made the following request of Rep. Chris Van Hollen: 

October 8, 2015

Chris Van Hollen
10605 Concord Street
Suite 202
Kensington, MD 20895

(Sent by first class mail and email to info@vanhollen.org)

Dear Representative Van Hollen,

Good luck to you as you pursue the Democratic Party's nomination for U.S. Senate. I look forward to debating the important issues facing Maryland and the nation as I run for the Senate seeking the Green Party nomination.

Recently Rep. Donna Edwards wrote you concerning "holding a full and open set of debates." The six debates would be held throughout the state, televised and live streamed. I agree with Rep. Edwards' proposal and am pleased that she told Marc Steiner on his radio show on WEAA that open debates would include my campaign. Marylanders need full and open debates, debates that include multiple viewpoints and are not limited to only two parties.

Maryland has a history of including third party candidates in U.S. Senate debates beginning with Green candidate Kevin Zeese in 2006, debating Senator Ben Cardin and former Lt. Governor Michael Steele. And continued in 2012 with Senator Cardin, Daniel Bongino and independent candidate Sohrab Sobhani. I hope you will agree that this tradition of open and inclusive debates should continue.

We are asking you to commit to participating in a series of public, televised and live streamed debates that is not limited to the Republican and Democratic party candidates.

We look forward to debating the important issues that face the people of Maryland and the country.


Dr. Margaret Flowers
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