Democratic candidate for governor Tio Hardiman is lashing out at incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn for refusing to debate in the run-up to the March primary. A spokeswoman for the Quinn campaign previously said there would be no debates between he and Hardiman. Today the governor was asked why voters shouldn't be able to hear from both men face to face.
And now Tio Hardiman.
Political scientists note it is rare for a candidate with advantages to agree to debates. Hardiman is a former anti-violence activist from Hillside. He points to Illinois still having one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country ... and massive unemployment among low-income African-American teenagers. Hardiman has had a hard time attracting attention to his campaign, raising very little money for advertising. But he continues to appear at events, making direct appeals to voters.
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