Dear Republican Chairman Ray Hoffmann of Iowa, Republican Chairman Paul Willis of Nevada, Republican Chairman Katon Dawson of South Carolina and Republican Chairman Fergus Cullen of New Hampshire,
As the new president of Air America, I’d like to offer to host or co-host one of your upcoming presidential debates.
Why us? First, this would allow your debate to reach many voters. Combining our 2 million radio audience, along with our satellite, internet and web audiences, means that some 2.5 million Americans would hear or read about the debate.
Second, it would allow Republicans to differentiate themselves from Democrats — embracing a debate hosted by a progressive media outlet after Nevada Democrats canceled a debate scheduled to be hosted by the conservative Fox Cable News Channel. The MoveOn organization spurred 265,000 people to complain about the original plan, calling Fox a “mouthpiece for the Republican Party.” In reply, Fox’s Mort Kondracke called the Nevada Democratic Party’s rejection of Fox a “Stalinist” violation of “free speech and free debate.” So should you accept Air America’s offer, Republicans would both embrace free debate and stick it to Stalin at the same time.
Third, our offer permits you to include any other national media company as a co-host — like Fox. For example, a panel with Fox representing the conservative viewpoint and Air America the progressive viewpoint would make for a very “fair and balanced” debate — not to mention that Fox’s viewers per evening are coincidentally comparable to our 2.5 million listeners, meaning that several million unique people would hear your debate (assuming next to no overlap between our two disparate audiences).
We would be honored not only to co-host such an event; but also to broadcast it live without commercial interruption on the day that you choose.
I look forward to your response and to working with you on this important event.
President, Air America Radio
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