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July 11, 2012

FACE OFF: Faught, Mullin to confront issues during live debate

CLAREMORE — The runoff election for Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District is heating up and Rogers State University Television will once again be bringing live coverage of the candidates.

RSU-TV, the Claremore Daily Progress, Claremore Chamber of Commerce and RSU Department of Communications is sponsoring a District 2 Congressional Runoff Debate on July 16.
The event will be broadcast live on RSU-TV channel 35.1 beginning at 7 p.m. and streaming live at Those who wish to attend are encouraged to arrive by 6 p.m.
As the temperature rises outside,  Republicans Markwayne Mullin and George Faught have been heating up the contest for the open congressional seat currently held by Democrat Dan Boren.
“The televised debate during the primary was a great opportunity to tell voters how I feel about issues, and I’m looking forward to being able to do the same thing this time around. It seems that politics as usual is just running 30-second TV ads, so it is refreshing to actually have a discussion on issues where people can hear the whole story from both sides. I hope voters will make an effort to watch or attend as they make their decision on who we should send to Congress to oppose Barack Obama’s socialist agenda,” Mullin said.
Faught had a similar response and although the candidates have not agreed on much lately, they seem to feel that voters have a right to hear their thoughts on the issues.
“The voters of the 2nd Congressional District deserve the opportunity to hear the two GOP candidates explain their positions on the pressing issues facing our country today,” Faught said.
Faught also explained that scheduling changes have caused an issue as Mullin has made an effort to limit his availability to answer questions publically. 
“Although previous commitments were made, my opponent is now refusing to participate in the GOP debate this Saturday in Claremore. In addition, he has balked at the scheduled televised debate at RSU next Monday, insisting that the hour-long format be limited to only 30 minutes. Mr. Mullin clearly is not prepared to answer key questions about important issues affecting eastern Oklahomans,” Faught said. “Throughout this campaign, I have made myself available to as many forums as possible, while still fulfilling my duties as a state representative in Oklahoma City.  I will continue to make myself available to answer the hard questions from the voters, I owe them no less.”

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