This week I accepted a request from AARP to participate in a joint debate with my opponent. Unfortunately, this is the 5th debate she has turned down in the district. It appears that her handler's will not allow her to debate me in front of a group which represents seniors, a very important constituency in this district.

For the past year and a half I have been walking my district, going door-to-door to listen to the hopes and dreams of the residents of Illinois 6th Congressional District.  I have learned in my 13 years in the state legislature that the best way to find out what people care about is, well – to ask them. We are running for the branch of the federal government that is closest and most responsive to the people. As a candidate, one of your duties is to participate in these types of forums.
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