After Barr's ad appears, Kahn challenges him to debate at his farm
Congressional candidate Roger Kahn has challenged Bob Barr to debate
agriculture issues at his farm in White, GA. Kahn said the voters would be
better served by a debate "focusing on the issues, rather than the smear
tactics used by Barr's campaign."
The Barr campaign released its first television commercial on Monday, seemingly questioning
Kahn's farming abilities at his compound in that Bartow County community.
The Kahn campaign says Congressman Barr "does not specifically address any issues and focuses
solely on leveling personal attacks on the challenger." He said the absence
of substance was symbolic of Barr's failure to achieve results since going
Washington in 1995.
"The voters want the candidates to talk about issues and that is why I
challenge Bob Barr to come to my farm and debate the issues facing Georgia's
farmers," Kahn said. "Mr. Barr is welcome to come to my farm anytime he is
ready to discuss these very important issues. Instead of engaging in
personal attacks, he should be engaging in a dialogue of this issues."
"I am disappointed but I am not surprised that Bob Barr would avoid
discussing the issues that are important to Georgians in order to attack me
personally," Kahn said.
"Throughout his career he has made plenty of noise
and he has became quite famous nationally. Unfortunately, the people he was
elected to serve have suffered as a result because he cannot accomplish
anything he was elected to do."
Kahn said he finds Barr's record on agriculture "troubling." In 1995, Barr
voted to cut agricultural spending by $6.3 billion. He voted against $1
billion in crop insurance funding over five years in 1998 and supported the
so-called "Freedom to Farm" bill which resulted in the financial difficulties
many farms are experiencing today.
"Bob Barr is running from his record because he has abandoned family farmers
and the rural communities of the 7th District," Kahn said. "I am confident
the voters will see through Barr's desperate attempts and finally they will
have a Congressman who promotes their issues rather than someone who promotes