Press Release_The Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce announced today that its U.S. Senate candidate forum scheduled for Tuesday, October 14 in Tulsa will be reopened to members of the press. This decision comes on the heels of reports by the Associated Press last week that Inhofe campaign manager Josh Kivett had requested the forum be closed to the press and the public. Because of this, the Rice for U.S. Senate campaign notified Chamber officials at that time of Senator Rice's decision to respectfully decline attendance.
Senator Rice initially declined to attend because he believed all Oklahomans should have the opportunity to hear their two candidates for U.S. Senate discuss the important issues facing our state and our nation. Though the Chamber forum is not a debate between the two candidates on stage at the same time, opening it to the press is a step in the right direction.
"I applaud the Chamber for making this decision, and look forward to attending an open discussion for all voters to see," said Andrew Rice, Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. "I want to hear from Oklahoma's business community and take the lessons they've learned to Washington as I work to put people before politics, bring good jobs to our state, provide affordable comprehensive health care, and strengthen Oklahoma's middle class."
Andrew Rice is committed to running an open and accessible campaign, and has agreed to five debates proposed by Oklahoma news outlets.
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