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Schneider, Dold Debating About Debates

Congressman Dold and challenger Brad Schneider will meet four times before Nov. 6 election. The only joint appearance in the 10th District is sponsored by the League of Women Voters and Patch. Three will be televised from Chicago.

Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) and his Democratic challenger, Brad Schneider of Deerfield, are scheduled to debate each other four times next month in advance of the Nov. 6 general election but for now they are debating about the debates.

The only time Schneider and Dold will meet face to face within the boundaries of the 10th Congressional District is at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Lake Forest High School. The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lake Forest, Deerfield and Highland Park as well as Patch.

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Also that day, they will appear together at 10:30 a.m. on WLS Television under the sponsorship of the League of Women Voters of Illinois. Dold and Schneider will meet on Fox News Chicago at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 21 and at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 on Channel 11’s Chicago Tonight.

As soon as Schneider’s campaign released the schedule Sept. 13, the Dold campaign complained Schneider was avoiding a number of additional possibilities to debate Dold both in the 10th District and elsewhere.

"It's disappointing that our opponent would refuse so many opportunities to engage Congressman Dold in live dialogue," Dold campaign spokesperson John McGovern said in a release. "Congressman Dold is anxious to contrast his record in Congress with his opponent's agenda."

According to McGovern, Schneider has elected not to take advantage of opportunities to discuss the issues with Dold in forums sponsored by AARP, To Protect Our Heritage, Stevenson High School, the League of Women Voters of "Round Lake, Northbrook Community Synagogue, the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and the Lake County Chamber of Commerce.

Schneider spokesperson Staci McCabe told Patch the campaign received the North Chicago invitation today. She did not indicate whether Schneider would or would not appear. She was also critical of Dold’s refusal to participate in what she terms the area’s best attended debate.

“It's disappointing that Dold, who missed the largest forum held within the district two years ago to be on the Sean Hannity show, again declined to attend this year's largest forum," McCabe said. She was referring to the candidate forum Oct. 15 at Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim (BJBE) in Deerfield sponsored by 24 Jewish organizations.

According to McGovern, Dold declined the BJBE debate because of an inability to come to an agreement with the organizers on format. He made it clear Dold had agreed to seven others and Schneider turned down or not yet accepted invitations.

"The Dold campaign declined only one forum (BJBE) and that was due to not being able to come to an agreement with the organizers on an acceptable format for the event,” McGovern said to Patch today. “Brad Schneider even ducked an AARP debate which has traditionally been a well attended debate for seniors in the 10th District."

Sam Yates September 24, 2012 at 04:39 PM
After reading the Breitbart piece on Schneider's business experience, I followed up by reading this article in the Washington Free Beacon. Check it out: http://freebeacon.com/the-schneider-shenanigans/
Casey G September 25, 2012 at 09:20 PM
^This just make me mad. I voted for Schneider in the primary. I liked that he had business experience and experience with the private sector. Turns out, that's all not true. I voted for him in the primary, but I sure won't vote for Schneider this November.
Concerned Patriot September 26, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Dold's staffers sure are funny. Remember 2 years ago when the Daily Herald caught them red-handed trying to spam the DH comment boards too? Casy - Shouldn't you be out at a train station shaking babies and kissing hands to gin up support for your boss Bobby Dold?
Lou September 26, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Only one significant issue matters in the Presidential election since the new and illegal 60 vote Senate will dam up all legislation and make gridlock a favorite Washington past time. Filibuster is not mentioned in the Constitution nor is abortion, god or gun. The Senators are highly paid for doing nothing. Yet, the single concern American families will be impacted by from Obama's victory is the Supreme Court appointee for Mrs. Ginsburg. Obama will be able to replace her with a lawyer who has a brain and a heart. Women will not have to live under the tyranny of forced carry-to term unwanted possibly raped induced and/or incest forced pregnancies. Also, no governmental official will be able to force women to lay down and bear and pay for an ultrasonic wand forced up their private parts like the one suggested in Virginia. No governmental official will hold power over women. Vote Democratic, Vote Obama. Romney is toast, read fivethirtyeight.
Lou September 26, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Who ya gonna vote for, Sheldon Adelson?

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