Ohio Democratic Party Statement on Republicans Refusing to Participate in Ohio Debate Commission Debates
September 21, 2022
Columbus, OH — Today, the Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement after the Ohio Debate Commission announced today that J.D. Vance and Mike DeWine are refusing to participate in any of their scheduled debates.
“J.D. Vance and Mike DeWine are both cowards and know Ohio voters view them as frauds and their agendas as out-of-touch. If Vance and DeWine can’t muster the courage to stand on a debate stage and face the voters, they certainly won’t be brave enough to take on special interests or their own party and do what’s right for our state. Neither J.D. nor Mike belongs anywhere near elected office,” said Chair Elizabeth Walters.
“Separately, for the Ohio Debate Commission to blame ‘both parties’ for a lack of debates and refuse to hold Republicans accountable in any way for not participating is disingenuous and cowardly. They should be ashamed of themselves. Attempting to ‘both sides’ this issue and letting Republican candidates off the hook only reinforces Republican behavior that has brought us to this point,” continued Walters.