Princeton, April 5, 2010 – In a letter sent to Congressman Rush Holt saying their differences on the issue of healthcare reform “could not be starker, nor the philosophic divide deeper,” businessman Scott Sipprelle (R-Princeton) challenged the incumbent to a debate on healthcare at a time and place of his choosing, saying residents of the 12th Congressional District deserve nothing less.
Sipprelle said he hoped the healthcare forum would be the first of “frequent public debates” about the future direction of the country between the two candidates.
“The voters of our district will benefit from hearing our contrasting ideas on how to ensure that America remains the shining city upon a hill long after we’re both gone,” said Sipprelle in a letter to Holt that was sent via fax, email and regular mail to Holt’s campaign office on Saturday. “To that end, I am writing today to challenge you to debate the merits of the recently passed healthcare reform bill that you vigorously supported in Congress and that I strongly opposed as both a businessman and a candidate for public office.”
Sipprelle repeated his stance that the new healthcare law will saddle residents with higher healthcare costs and higher taxes, destroy the incentives for job creation, and worsen the quality of healthcare in America.
“The differences between us on this transformative legislation could not be starker, nor could the philosophic divide be deeper,” continued Sipprelle, adding a format and moderator could be quickly agreed upon between the two campaigns. “If any issue was worthy of a spirited public debate between two candidates running for Congress, it is this one.”
Thus far, there has been no response from Congressman Holt or his campaign.