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Paquin Challenges Chenoweth To Debates On Jobs, Education Gop Candidate Says He’s Tired Of Incumbent’s Canned Responses

Wed., Aug. 27, 1997

Republican congressional challenger Tony Paquin says he’s tired of “canned responses” from incumbent Rep. Helen Chenoweth and he thinks it’s time for a series of debates on the real issues.

But a Chenoweth spokesman says she’s very busy now. “When it is time to address the issues seriously, Helen will be there,” said Graham Paterson, director of strategic information for the Chenoweth campaign.

Paquin, a Coeur d’Alene businessman, announced for the Republican 1st Congressional District nomination in May’s primary election. Chenoweth hasn’t formally announced but is expected to seek the GOP nomination for a third term. She has said in the past she would only serve three terms.

“Helen is quick to quote rhetoric and rely on canned responses in her political debate,” Paquin said Tuesday. “Voters are tired of politicians using this technique to dodge the real issues.”

He said voters tell him the real issues are job opportunities, quality of education and tax reform.

Paterson agreed that public debate is extremely important to the election process.

“When the time is appropriate, Helen is always willing to meet with any and all candidates seeking the office in the 1st Congressional District,” Paterson said.

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