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Pearce challenges Teague to 10 debates

Steve Pearce, left, and Harry Teague (Photos by Heath Haussamen)

Republican Steve Pearce today challenged the incumbent member of Congress he’s trying to unseat, Democrat Harry Teague, to 10 “town-hall style” debates across the 2nd Congressional District before the Nov. 2 election.

Teague’s spokeswoman said a response would be coming.

Pearce said in a news release that the two should take part in the 10 debates in at least eight counties, “in addition to the traditional media-sponsored debates already proposed.”

Currently the campaigns are negotiating with media outlets to conduct two or three formal debates during the last two months of the campaign, Pearce’s release states, adding that Pearce has agreed to appear with and debate Teague at any time during the campaign.

“The people of our district have the right to see their candidates in a side-by-side setting to find out exactly where both of us stand on the issues,” Pearce said. “Ten debates in eight different counties would give the people of Southern New Mexico multiple opportunities to ask the candidates various questions and make an informed decision.”


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Update, 3:30 p.m.

I hammered Pearce for ducking debates in 2006, and the state Democratic Party seized on the same theme to hit Pearce today:

“Throughout his career, Congressman Steve Pearce has never been a fan of debates… until now,” a news release from the party states. “In 2004 he refused one debate and never showed up for a second – and in 2006 KOB TV was forced to air New Mexico’s ‘One Man Debate’ because Congressman Pearce decided not to show.”

“There he goes again doing the Washington Waffle – yesterday it was the Constitution, and today it’s debates,” Democratic Party of New Mexico spokesman James Hallinan said.

Update, 4:15 p.m.

Teague Campaign Manager Dominic Gabello said “there will be debates.”

“We will work on details and we look forward to comparing records, but the real news is that Congressman Pearce’s debate dodging days are possibly over and he might finally answer some tough questions – like why he voted against, but then happily pocketed every pay raise Congress gave itself during his six years in Washington,” Gabello said.

He also asked, since Pearce wants debates in eight counties, which of the district’s 18 counties Pearce thinks should be ignored.

And Gabello said this:

“Harry hasn’t been sitting around waiting for the campaign season to kick off before he starts talking to people. In the last 20 months Harry has been hard at work visiting all 18 counties in the 2nd district multiple times and hosting well over 100 public forums. He has made it his top priority to stay in touch with the people and communities he represents so they know where he stands on the issues and so he can be responsive to their needs.

“Because of Harry’s hard work, his willingness to talk about the issues, and his commitment to staying in touch, Dion Kidd, a resident of Alamogordo, recently said, ‘Harry is the hardest working, most accessible and responsive Representative this district has seen since Joe Skeen.’”

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  1. Below are the facts on all the bills JustaUNM, just so you know I have checked the facts in depth. If you would like to get more in depth input on it check with Charlie Revie, who represents many retirees from military. You can send him an e-mail at redleg@zianet.com When you tell someone to check their facts, maybe you should check further into those voting records on all the bills. Anyone can introduce in the Congress, but getting the votes for it from Teague’s own party would have given him some stature in the eyes of the veterans.
    Current Elected Office Key Votes:

    These are our key votes and this is how Rep. Harry Teague voted on our issues. Click on each heading to sort.

    Status
    Name of Legislation
    Date
    Voted
    Score
    P
    Moratorium Against Medicare Cuts Extended to Nov 30,2010
    06/24/2010
    Not Voting
    Not Scored

    P = Passed
    Voted For Us= Voted With Us
    A = Agreed To
    Voted Against= Voted Against Us
    R = Rejected
    Not Scored= Not Scored
    C = Confirmed
    Ineligible to Vote= Ineligible to Vote
    F = Failed

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    Current Elected Office Bills:

    Here is Rep. Harry Teague’s cosponsorship status on our key legislation. Send Rep. Harry Teague a message by clicking in the “Send Message” column.

    Get involved and take action!

    Bill Name
    Our Position
    Cosponsor?
    Send Message
    H.R.4525 – Concurrent Receipt for Chapter 61 Retirees and Those with Less than 50% Disability
    Support
    Yes
    Send Message to Rep. Harry Teague
    H.J.RES.45 – Senate Approves Medicare/TRICARE Doctor Payment Cut Delay
    Support
    No
    Send Message to Rep. Harry Teague
    H.R.333 – The Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act
    Support
    Yes
    Send Message to Rep. Harry Teague
    H.R.1478 – Carmelo Rodriguez Military Medical Accountability Act
    Support
    No
    Send Message to Rep. Harry Teague
    H.R.333 – Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act
    Support
    No
    Send Message to Rep. Harry Teague
    H.R.2254 – Last Chance for “Blue Water Sailors”
    No Position
    Yes
    Send Message to Rep. Harry Teague
    H.R.2302 – Military Retired Pay Fairness Act of 2009
    No Position
    No
    Send Message to Rep. Harry Teague
    H.R.2419 – Military Personnel War Zone Toxic Exposure Prevention Act
    Support
    No
    Send Message to Rep. Harry Teague
    H.R.2243 – The Surviving Spouses Improvement Act of 2009
    Support
    No
    Send Message to Rep. Harry Teague
    H.R.2254 – The Agent Orange Equity Act
    Support
    Yes
    Send Message to Rep. Harry Teague
    H.R.1428 – Include Parkinson’s Disease Among the Diseases Presumed Caused by Agent Orange.
    Support
    Yes
    Send Message to Rep. Harry Teague
    (More Bills)
    Bill Name Position Cosponsor? How Voted?
    H.R.4525 – Concurrent Receipt for Chapter 61 Retirees and Those with Less than 50% Disability Support Yes
    H.J.RES.45 – Senate Approves Medicare/TRICARE Doctor Payment Cut Delay Support No Yes
    H.R.333 – The Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act Support Yes
    H.R.1478 – Carmelo Rodriguez Military Medical Accountability Act Support No
    H.R.333 – Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act Support No
    H.R.2254 – Last Chance for “Blue Water Sailors” No Position Yes
    H.R.2302 – Military Retired Pay Fairness Act of 2009 No Position No
    H.R.2419 – Military Personnel War Zone Toxic Exposure Prevention Act Support No
    H.R.2243 – The Surviving Spouses Improvement Act of 2009 Support No
    H.R.2254 – The Agent Orange Equity Act Support Yes
    H.R.1428 – Include Parkinson’s Disease Among the Diseases Presumed Caused by Agent Orange. Support Yes
    H.R.270 – Tricare Standard for Guard/Reserve Pending Retirement at Age 60 Support Yes
    H.R.147 – Establish a “Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund” Support Yes
    H.R.237 – Military Retiree Health Care Relief Act of 2009 Support No
    H.R.593 – Expand Concurrent Receipt to Include Those Separated for Combat Related Disability Support Yes
    H.R.1211 – The Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act Support Yes Yes
    H.R.1203 – HR 1203 – the Federal and Military Retiree Health Care Equity Act Support Yes
    H.R.1016 – ‘To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide advance appropriations authority for certain m… Support Yes Yes
    H.R.917 – ‘To increase the health benefits of dependents of members of the Armed Forces who die because of … Support No
    H.R.816 – ‘To amend title 10, United States Code, to prohibit certain increases in fees for military health… Support Yes
    H.R.775 – To repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan to … Support Yes
    H.R.613 – The Military Retiree Survivor Comfort Act Support Yes

  2. JustaUNM; Did you bother to check how many of those bills died in either committee, or died on the floor under the lack of votes from the Democrats? I think you will find that only three bills were introduced and Teague could not or his group would not pass on them.
    Maybe you should go the Library of Congress web site and check the disposition of the bills he introduced. He is playing to the media and the public with the big show of introducing bills, knowing the Dems will vote them down.
    The sunshine here is nice if you will take your head out of the sand and look at the facts. If the veterans back him you will get nothing but show and no go. But good luck, I hope the Obama administration is working out for you.

  3. The proof is in the pudding. If Harry was such an anti-Pelosi type and votes with the Repubs all the time, why are all you left wing liberals here supporting him? Thou dost protest too much.

  4. Jivaro99 should do some fact checking before he writes. thomas.gov (the library of congress webiste) will show you the Congressman teague has been a sponsor, or a co-sponsor of every vet bill introduced in the past 2 years, Congressman teague has introduced more veteran related bills in his first term than steve pearce did in his first and second term.

    And saying he is just following pelosi is not very well supported either. If you search the official congressional record (thomas.gov), you will find that he has voted with republicans more than any other democat congressman in washington. Every bill Congressman Teague introduced on the House floor has always had republican support. Again search thomas.gov.

  5. Sorry to disagree with you Hemingway. You are speaking of one small incident. I am a Korean veteran and I know about Pearce’s record of speaking up for the veterans. You vote for Teague. That way you will get what you deserve and ask for.

  6. Former Congressman Pearce’s record with the veterans and their healthcare is a disgrace. Whether you are a Republican or Democrat this transcends politics. In 2003 instead of acknowledging that more money is needed for veterans health care, Congressman Steve Pearce insulted veterans in Tularosa, NM,by saying that problems with VA health care are the result of abuse by veterans and their families of an “entitlement” program. “It’s very difficult to get fraud and abuse out of entitlement programs. People sometimes don’t exist in the first place or they ‘re passed away and someone is still drawing funds. I am very suspicious of entitlement action” This was a slap in the face of all veterans.

  7. Anyone with common sense can see that the better man is Pearce. Look at Teague’s actual voting record and ask yourself if you want another Pelosi follower. That’s exactly what you will get with Teague.
    He says he is for th veterans, yet he has only voted on a couple of bills that have to do with veteran’s, he is not a veteran, etc.
    If you look at Pearce, he is a veteran and has always been on the side of the veterans and best of all he will not promise you a pig in a poke. You get promises for what he can do in reality.

  8. Dr J, you sound like every Pearce supporter I have ever met — arrogant and out of touch. Not all of us were able to go to college or pursue graduate degrees. Not having a formal education doesn’t mean they didn’t work hard to support their families, pay their taxes and do what’s right. It’s great that Congressman Pearce earned a masters degree in economics, I just wish he would use it for something better than finding a sneaky way to make $12 million by selling his company to one of his wealthy campaign contributors.

  9. “There he goes again doing the Washington Waffle, yesterday it was the constitution, and today it’s debates. The truth is Congressman Pearce spent six years in Washington and southern New Mexicans are all too familiar with his record of votes against securing the border, promoting the privatization of Social Security and accepting tens of thousands of dollars in automatic unearned congressional pay raises — he’s the Congressman that voted NO but took the DOUGH,” Spokesman for the DPNM James Hallinan said. “If residents in the 2nd district want to know where Congressman Pearce stands on the issues, they don’t have to wait for a debate they can just go to AskPearceWhy.com and submit their question.”

  10. I think, knowing Harry’s educational, rhetorical English background, and knack for public speaking, not to mention his articulate nature, Mr. Pearce is on a firm footing to propose these debates.

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