Archie Parnell Calls Out Opponent for Dodging Debates

(SUMTER -- June 6) Democratic nominee for South Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District Archie Parnell publicly criticized his opponent, Ralph Norman, today for refusing to face voters’ questions in two debates set for Friday, June 9th and Monday, June 12th.

“My opponent voted against jobs, roads, public safety and flood relief for our farmers while he’s supported abolishing Social Security and Medicare,” said Parnell, who will attend both forums. “Now that voters are calling on him to answer for his record, he dodges their questions.”

“If Ralph Norman really believes that the government belongs to the people, then he should stand with me and answer the people’s questions. The voters deserve to know.”

Norman confirmed in an interview this morning on “Charlotte Talks on WFAE” that he would not attend either of the debates sponsored by the Rock Hill NAACP and the South Carolina AARP. Ironically, earlier in that same interview, Norman said that he looked forward to debating the “pros and cons” of healthcare reform.

For his part, Parnell repeated his commitment to attend both the NAACP and AARP forums, as well as an additional forum hosted by the SC Farm Bureau set for June 15th in Camden. He encouraged his opponent to join him.

“I will be at each of these forums talking with the voters about the issues that matter to them because I firmly believe that if you’re not willing to look people in the eye and answer their questions, then you don’t deserve their vote."