October 16, 2014



The only US Senate Candidate who refuses to debate?

“Senior Senator should release mental evaluations and medical records if he avoids debating his opponent…”


Oklahoma City, OK –Democratic Senatorial challenger, Matt Silverstein of Tulsa, is again calling for Oklahoma’s Senior Senator to debate.  Across the country, his colleagues are debating their respective opponents yet Inhofe sticks out like a “sore thumb” for his refusal to debate.

Constantly, the Senior Senator has refused to give Oklahomans the differences between two candidates.

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair, Wallace Collins asked, “Has Senator Inhofe lost confidence in himself or his ability to debate?  Does Inhofe really not know who his opponent is?  If our Senior Senator, who has been in office since 1967, is so full of experience and bravado, why not show the world by debating Silverstein?”

Inhofe’s rejection of even a single debate confounds political experts, as do his changing explanations for dodging a debate.

Excuse #1

“I’m spending almost every waking hour campaigning for others.”

–       Jim Inhofe, OETA, 10/10/14

Excuse #2

“When asked, Inhofe doesn’t seem concerned about the race, and he doesn’t even know who his opponents are.”

–       KOSU, 10/14/14

Excuse #3

Matt Silverstein is “not a legitimate candidate.”

–       Inhofe spokesperson, Tulsa World, 9/7/14

Excuse #4

Matt Silverstein “has offered no substance, except to say that Jim is old.”

– Inhofe spokesperson, Tulsa World, 9/7/14

“Inhofe makes the claim that, “he can fly a plane upside down”.  If that qualifies him for the US Senate, he wins hands down, if it doesn’t then he needs to explain his qualifications by debating his challenger, who is an experienced financial advisor and can straighten out the financial mess in Washington.  After all, this is the Senior Senator who dangerously put workers lives at risk when he got confused and landed his plane on closed runway.

People need to be certain that Senator Inhofe, the oldest candidate in America running for the U.S. Senate this year, is up to the job.  The only way to demonstrate that is to debate Matt Silverstein,” concluded Wallace Collins, ODP Chair.