Senator Collins Letter to Speaker Gideon

July 15, 2020

The Honorable Sara Gideon

South Freeport, Maine

c/o Maeve Coyle

Dear Speaker Gideon:

I want to congratulate you on becoming the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, and welcome you to the campaign.

Earlier today, your campaign spokesperson distributed a press release calling for five debates. 

While I share the sentiment outlined in your press release that Mainers deserve the opportunity to compare us directly before they decide how they'll vote, I believe five debates is far too limited a schedule for such an important race.

To that end, I propose that we have 16 live, televised, in-person debates, one in each of Maine's counties.  Let’s have the first one tonight.  

Again, congratulations on your primary victory. I look forward to an open and accessible discussion with you about the future of our state and nation, and I hope to see you in person this evening.


Susan Collins

PO Box 1096, Bangor, Maine 04402 - PO Box 496, Westbrook, Maine 04092