Congressman Valadao challenges candidate from CA-16 to debate

Hanford, Calif. – Today, Congressman David G. Valadao issued a formal challenge to 16th Congressional District resident TJ Cox to appear in two televised debates on Thursday, October 25.

The first debate will be a one-hour debate in primetime on KGET and KSEE television stations in Bakersfield and Fresno. The second debate will be a 30-minute debate in Spanish with no interpreters or voice-over translators to be aired on Telemundo.

“The people of the 21st Congressional district deserve to hear from the candidate seeking to represent them, no matter where they live,” Valadao spokesman Cole Rojewski said. “The people know Congressman Valadao’s proven track record. This is a chance for them to learn about a candidate who has never lived in the 21st District and still doesn’t care to move here.”

Questions will cover topics of interest to the constituents of the 21st Congressional district.

“I am very excited to discuss the issues that matter most to our community, from improving access to much-needed water to investing in career-technical education to delivering on our commitment to veterans,” Congressman David G. Valadao said.

The terms of the debates, which are provided below, are consistent with the previous debates for the 21st Congressional district and have been agreed to by past candidates Amanda Renteria and Emilio Huerta in 2014 and 2016, respectively.

“KGET and KSEE have consistently been leaders in covering politics and policy in the Central Valley. We couldn’t think of better partners for a debate this important,” Rojewski said. “Adding a dedicated Spanish language debate offers another opportunity for the campaigns to reach all voters in the district.”

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English Debate Format and Rules:

· One hour debate

· There will be a coin flip before the debate begins. The winner of the coin flip may choose to go first with opening statements or last with closing statements. (1 min each) The candidate who chooses to take the final closing statement will take the second opening statement.

· Opening statement: 90 seconds

· Answers to questions: 1 minute

· Rebuttals: 1 minute

· Moderators will try to keep candidates within those time frames, but not to the second.

· The set will consist of two podiums for the candidates and two chairs for the moderators. A big-screen TV will be placed behind the podiums featuring the station logo/election graphic in the middle and some red, white and blue decorations. Very basic.

· Questions will cover topics of interest to the constituents of the 21st Congressional District. No advance copy of any questions will be provided to either candidate.

Spanish Debate Format and Rules: 

· 30-minute debate

· There will be a coin flip before the debate begins. The winner of the coin flip may choose to go first with opening statements or last with closing statements. (1 min each) The candidate who chooses to take the final closing statement will take the second opening statement.

· Opening statement: 90-seconds

· Answers to questions: 1-minute

· Rebuttals: 1-minute

· Moderators will try to keep candidates within those time frames, but not to the second.

· The set will consist of two podiums for the candidates and two chairs for the moderators. A big-screen TV will be placed behind the podiums featuring the station logo/election graphic in the middle and some red, white and blue decorations. Very basic.

· Questions will cover topics of interest to the constituents of the 21st Congressional District. No advance copy of any questions will be provided to either candidate.

· No interpreters or voice-over translators