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Minnis 'Not Afraid' Of Election Debate

By KHRISNA VIRGIL

Tribune Staff Reporter

kvirgil@tribunemedia.net

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday he is “not afraid” to publicly debate Prime Minister Perry Christie, but only after a general election is called.

His acceptance of this challenge is a turn around from his position in 2015.

At the time, Mr Christie implored students at the College of the Bahamas to invite him, Dr Minnis and Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney to a public debate to determine who of the three has a better grasp of national issues. Last year, Dr Minnis said he had no interest in a public debate, contending that he was “by far more interested in” defeating Mr Christie in a general election.

Yesterday the Killarney MP, who has been heavily criticised as being a poor orator incapable of speaking on his feet, said that while he was open to the idea, he saw it as nothing more than the prime minister attempting to “deflect” from the issues that heavily affect Bahamians.

Last week, the prime minister said political leaders must be mandated to demonstrate whether they have the capacity to manage a country, adding that the country had reached a level of sophistication that warrants public debates.

“I am not afraid of Christie and a debate,” Dr Minnis said when he was contacted by The Tribune. “Call a general election and let’s rock and roll. He knows that there are procedures to follow.

“But I see this as Christie deflecting from the issues that are seriously causing hurt and pain among Bahamians. He must be made to answer those types of questions. At this point in time I am only concerned about that, the hurt, pain and the losses Bahamians suffer.

“He must answer the questions pertaining to why people don’t trust him and the government and the hundreds of questions waiting to be answered on the House of Assembly floor.”

Last Wednesday during the launch of the Inter-American Development Bank’s Vision 2040 two-day seminar, Mr Christie hinted at his support of a debate.

He said: “So you find that it is difficult to get whoever is the leader of the opposition to stand on the same platform as me and then openly discuss and debate where we are going.

“It has been difficult, has not been a part of our culture and the country has not seen it necessary to bring that about,” he added.

Mr Christie made similar comments in 2015 during a speech at the College of the Bahamas’ School of Journalism, when he told students present that he would be open to a debate between himself, Dr Minnis and Mr McCartney.

“Bring Minnis here, bring Branville here, Christie here and say ‘tell us what you believe in,’ and make your judgment. Ask questions, see who has a command of the country, who understands where the country ought to be going and who could speak to those issues,” Mr Christie said at the time.

Mr McCartney subsequently accepted the challenge and also offered to sponsor the event.

Comments

Well_mudda_take_sic 3 years, 3 months ago

What a yellow belly COWARD Minnis is!

He wants to be PM but refuses to show us that he can stand on his own two feet.

All of us already know Minnis can't walk and chew gum at the same time......not only is he not the brightest crayon in the box of leadership contenders, but he never even made it into the box to begin with! He's like that white crayon trying to change the colour of white paper. Give up Doc, you just don't roc!

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realfreethinker 3 years, 3 months ago

What a f..k..g clown. If he is so sure of himself what does calling election have to do with debating. Why don'y he just go away and carry perry,brave and their cohorts with him ?

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licks2 3 years, 3 months ago

Roc Wit Doc! Perry asked him to do a "hari-kari" by debating him. . .knowing full well that PM Christies will "mop da flo" with Doc in a debate!! But yinna leader "jook" right back in Farm road style. . ."call an election first" and he would debate the PM! Ask Tommy T. . .the PM annihilated him in their 2002 debate!

Now that's one smooth come back. . .he don't get to debate the PM(cos he will get his clothes beat off). . .we can't call him a chicken (he said he will take part). . .THE PM WILL NEVER CALL AN EARLY ELECTION. . .HE KNOWS HE WILL GET THE SNOT BEAT OUT OF HIM RIGHT NOW! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. . .! There ya have it folks. . .the Bain Town Stand-off. . .Lol!

Sweeet Doc. . .keep on rockin man. . .Lol!!

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Economist 3 years, 3 months ago

I don't know about Roc with Doc. Perry would put a "Soc in Doc" mouth right from the get go ......all we would hear would be Perry and Bran.....Minnis eyes wide open and sock firmly in mouth.

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ThisIsOurs 3 years, 3 months ago

Minnis' isn't good at impromptu messages, he just doesn't have the instincts. Greg Moss might be able to go toe to toe with Christie, I think Bran's emotions would eventually undo him, Ali Macintosh might be effective, seems to be able to hold her own with a good recall of facts

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licks2 3 years, 3 months ago

I don't know about MP Moss or MR. Brand. . .Mrs. McIntosh will do a commendable job against the PM I think. . . but in all fairness. . .the PM is not good at staying on topic, remaining coherent and he feeds off his opponent. . .and says what he has to say well. . .but with little substance!!

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