Dave Brat, the Tea Party candidate who took Eric Cantor out of office, responded to criticism over his lack of participation in public debates because the media does not put emphasis on issues he feels are important in the race, reports The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
At a campaign event Brat told his supporters, “The problems with these debates and forums, they’re all…I love it, but, the major obstacle that I have run into right now is that 400 or 500 people show up to the debate. Then who’s the filter on those debates? The press. That’s the issue right?
Brat feels that the media has ignored one of his major messages, that entitlement spending from Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Bush prescription-drug plan has resulted in $137 trillion in unfunded liabilities.
“Guess how many times the press has asked me about the $127 trillion? Not one,” said Brat adding “That’s the most pressing problem in the country in my view.”
Brat’s comments were in response to reports that he dodges debating his opponents, Democrat Jack Trammell and Libertarian James Carr. Brat has also spoke out against the way the media has conveyed his position on immigration.