SAN DIEGO - With absentee ballots due to be mailed to voters in just a few days and incumbent Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom (D) continuing to decline media invitations for a Lt. Governor debate, Republican challenger Ron Nehring is offering accommodations to ease Newsom's concerns.
"With Bay Area public radio apparently not providing a favorable enough platform for Mr. Newsom to debate, we're willing to accept a forum moderated by MS-NBC's Rachel Maddow or Ed Schultz. If MS-NBC isn't favorable enough, we could be talked into doing it on either Russian government-funded RT television, or North Korea's KCNA, although with that last one we can't find a bureau for them in the United States. We're checking," said Nehring, who first challenged Newsom to debate six months ago.
"We also understand that time could be an issue, with Mr. Newsom very busy not chairing the state's now-defunct Economic Development Commission, not going to the Capitol much, and spending so much time on his wine business. Still, we know that trying to run a business while supporting every anti-business idea under the sun is kind of like running a three-legged race with a partner who is heavily sedated, he could be very busy. So we're willing to limit the debate time to one hour, or four times the length of his last speech to the California Democratic Party in which he did not cite a single accomplishment of his term," added Nehring.
"Finally, we know location could be a problem, given the driving range of his not one - but two - Teslas, so we're open to any television station within 265 miles of his wineries in Napa, or less, depending on whether his Teslas have the 85 Kw or 60 Kw battery option," concluded Nehring. "We'd like to make this work."