EXCLUSIVE | Kerri Harris challenges Carper to debate, says he's failing Delaware

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE); Kerri Evelyn Harris

Progressive civil rights activist and U.S. Senate hopeful Kerri Evelyn Harris has officially challenged Senator Tom Carper to a debate as she seeks the seat that the longtime incumbent has held for nearly two decades.

Harris spoke out exclusively with Delaware 105.9 on Wednesday to officially challenge Carper to a debate and said it was "imperative that voters get to hear who they're actually voting for and why. I have to explain to you why you should follow me and he should have to explain the same thing."

"If we're only dependent on reading articles to get to know who you're voting on, then you're missing a whole area that becomes gray and that's a problem," Harris said. "People need to know where I stand and where he stands on healthcare, education, water quality, and creating quality jobs."

Harris said Sussex County lacks the infrastructure to encourage companies to locate here and that Sen. Carper has failed to do what he said he would.

"We keep hearing that he is going to create this great system, but he's had decades to make it happen and we're failing here and that's a problem," Harris explained. "I want to know personally where he's going to stand and if I get the opportunity to do so I want to do it in front of everybody, with him there to be able to rebuttal, and for me to show that I am the best candidate." 

Harris said she wouldn't go so far as to call herself a democratic-socialist, but that some things do align with her campaign after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez deployed staffers to assist her bid for U.S. Senate.

Earlier this year, Harris discussed her decision to run for U.S. Senate on the Susan Monday Show where she spoke of Delaware's current state politically, and said there's a lot of talk and not enough results and used the term "pipeline politicians," which she said includes her opponent Sen. Carper.

Harris, a veteran and activist from Dover, co-founded the Delaware Civil Rights Coalition where she and others worked tirelessly to fight injustices against women, Muslims, African-Americans and the LGBTQ community.

"If you believe you're the best candidate then you're not going to be afraid to step in front of people and prove to them why," Harris concluded.

Dan Gaffney offered both Harris and Carper the opportunity to debate LIVE on his show after tagging them both in a tweet. 

A spokeswoman with the Carper Campaign quickly responded, read more.

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