UPDATE: To add your name to the letter asking Fred to agree to the debate, head to the Huckabee blog by clicking here.
Just out. Below is the letter Huckabee sent to Thompson, accepting his invitation and challenging him to a Lincoln-Douglas style debate.
September 7, 2007
The Honorable Fred Thompson
1130 Eighth Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
Dear Senator Thompson,
Welcome to the 2008 Presidential race. I look forward to seeing you on the trail in the upcoming days, weeks, and months ahead.
I share your view of the debates and agree that Newt’s “Nine Nineties in Nine” concept is a far better way to make sure America’s next President has the character and capacity to lead our nation forward, and that’s why I have already signed that pledge. I agree that what is needed is a real discussion by the candidates about their vision for the future of our country.
The debates so far have not offered an in-depth discussion on critical issues such as health care, education, energy independence, in addition to terrorism and national security.
I am aware of your comments on Fox News that you would like to participate in a series of Lincoln Douglas-styled debates. I would like to officially accept your offer and look forward to working with your staff to schedule this. I would suggest we start this series in New Hampshire.
At the end of these debates, the American people will know each candidate far greater and would be able to choose which candidate possesses the depth of knowledge on the issues and has the character and capacity to lead our great nation. More importantly, the American people would be able to rely on a true conversation on the issues, instead of just 30-second ads and soundbites to decide which candidate has the right vision for America’s future.
Senator, let’s lead by example and get the ball rolling. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this idea and debating you in front of the American people.
Former Governor of Arkansas (1996-2007)