A local media host in San Diego blasted incumbent Democrat Scott Peters (D-CA) on Wednesday morning for avoiding a debate with Republican challenger Omar Qudrat in the 52nd congressional district.
Qudrat told KUSI’s Carlos Amezcua, host of Good Morning San Diego, that Peters had refused to debate him, and the two would only meet at a closed-door forum at a retirement community. participate in his program.
“What kind of debate is that — you can’t see it?” Amezuca asked.
“I’m sorry, Omar — I can’t believe that. I cannot believe that this is a debate between two candidates running for Congress, and there’s no media allowed, and no public — what’s the point?”
Qudrat said he would accept a debate with Peters in any format.
Amezuca concluded, straight to camera: “Scott Peters, if you’re listening, we’d like to know why the media is being shut out of this important process in this Congressional race.”
Qudrat is a former terrorism prosecutor — “the man who put [9/11 mastermind] Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in jail,” according to Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), the retiring chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He is also a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, and Muslim Republican who is opposed to shariah law in the United States.
The 52nd congressional district is a modestly Democratic seat, where there have been competitive races in recent years. In 2014, Republican Carl DeMaio, who has led the campaign for Proposition 6 to repeal the state’s new gas tax hike, mounted a strong challenge there.
Qudrat told KUSI that veterans’ homelessness was one of his most important issues.
“Scott Peters just really has brought nothing to the table, he’s shown no leadership. His time in Congress has essentially been as a political commentator, rather than bringing any solutions whatsoever.”
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.