Tiffany Smiley Accepts FOURTH Debate Invitation, Challenges Patty Murray to “Come Out of Hiding”

For Immediate Release

August 25, 2022


Tiffany Smiley Accepts FOURTH Debate Invitation, Challenges Patty Murray to “Come Out of Hiding”

No Word From 30-Year Incumbent Senator ELEVEN DAYS After Veterans Advocate Offers Initial Debate Proposal

Pasco, WA – Veterans advocate and U.S. Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley is announcing that she has accepted an invitation to a fourth moderated debate, with no confirmation from Senator Patty Murray that she will be participating in any debates eleven days after Smiley made an initial debate proposal.

Today, Smiley accepted an invitation from the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce to participate in a candidate forum through their “Vote for Business” program. The Smiley for Washington campaign also requested that the Chamber partner with local television stations – as they have in the past – to broadcast the debate live. The campaign also followed up with the area’s ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC affiliates on a proposal made two weeks ago to air a debate in the Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick media market.

This comes as Patty Murray was pressed on accepting debate invitations by Fox 13 Seattle yesterday claiming her campaign “will have more information shortly,” but refusing to commit or confirm her participation:

“It’s time for Patty Murray to come out of hiding and face the voters of Washington side-by-side with me,” said Smiley. “When my husband and I were faced with challenges, we never cowered. After thirty years in the United States Senate, Patty Murray should exit her bubble and answer tough, but fair questions together.”

Thus far, the location and debates for debates Smiley has accepted an invitation to are:

  • Tri-Cities Region: Week of September 26 – Sponsored by the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Washington State University: Friday, October 7 – Sponsored by WSDC

  • Gonzaga University: Thursday, October 13 (Requested) – Sponsored by LWV and The Spokesman-Review, Aired by KSPS

  • Seattle University: Tuesday, October 25 – Sponsored by WSDC

Smiley may consider other debate opportunities beyond what has been accepted and proposed and. The campaign will follow up with CNN on a proposal to conduct a nationally televised debate and with the Washington State Debate Coalition to participate in and sponsor additional debates.

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