Cleveland, OH - As he continued to gain momentum against career politician Jim Renacci, conservative outsider Mike Gibbons challenged career politician Jim Renacci to a series of 5 debates over the final 5 weeks of the campaign. Despite being a professional politician, Renacci has run away from a debate, likely because of his moderate record that is out of line with Republican primary voters.
However, history shows that in the past Renacci was eager to debate challengers and often called on them to join a debate. In October 2010, Renacci issued a release challenging John Boccieri to a debate and said he would debate him "anytime, anywhere."
In 2012, Renacci issued a release entitled "Where's Betty?" Renacci then discussed Betty Sutton's record and accused her of dodging debates because she was "as terrified of her record as the voters are."
"The only difference between 2010 and 2012 and now is that Jim Renacci has an opponent that is a stronger conservative than he is," Gibbons spokesman Chris Schrimpf said. "As he would say Renacci's as terrified of his record as the voters are."
Gibbons proposed debates would take place over the last 5 weeks of the campaign and take place in 5 different parts of the state. They could be hosted by media organizations, by local Republican parties or other interested groups.