Teamsters United General President candidate Fred Zuckerman challenged James Hoffa to a face-to-face debate in a letter to the General President today.
“Teamster members are concerned about concessionary contracts, pension and healthcare cuts, and declining Teamster power,” Zuckerman said. “After 17 years in office, you should be willing to stand on your record, your platform and plans and to debate the issues openly.”
Zuckerman proposed that the two campaigns agree to a date and moderator for a debate between the only two announced candidates for General President before the Teamster Convention is held in June.
“Teamsters deserve no less respect than the American people, who expect candidates for U.S. president to show up for debates and address the issues people care about,” Zuckerman said.
In every election, Hoffa has refused to debate his opponents or sent a surrogate to make his case for him.
Zuckerman called on Hoffa to stop “debate-ducking” and to Teamster voters the debate on the issues that they deserve.