On the heels of former Congressman Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyMiddle class deserves affordable clean energy Budowsky: End the DNC malpractice Medicaid is crucial to seniors and awareness is crucial to the program's survival MORE's (D-Mass.) refusal to stop airing television ads and participating in other activities that praise Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez, I challenged Congressman Kennedy to a debate about his unfettered support of this communist dictator so that the American people can hear just how wrong he is on this issue.

Following is the text of my letter to Congressman Kennedy challenging him to a debate:

Dear Congressman Kennedy:

Why do you continue to be an apologist for Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez? Once again, in your disgraceful interview yesterday with Neil Cavuto, you made excuse after excuse for defending your shameless self-promotion of the most dangerous man in the Western Hemisphere.

Since you refuse to stop airing television ads and participating in activities that praise this communist dictator -- and indeed feel compelled to continue to laud him -- I think the American people deserve to hear us debate your unfettered support of Hugo Chavez, and to hear just how wrong you are.

I welcome the opportunity to debate you anytime and anywhere about why you continue to allow yourself to be used as a public relations prop for the Chavez regime and why won't you stop.

I look forward to your response.

Editor's note: The television ads to which Rep. Mack refers, promoting the CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program and the Kennedy-led Citizens Energy Corporation, can be found here.