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Just hours after Representative Lauren Carson (D.- District 75, Newport) said that she had learned that her opponent, Mike Smith, had turned down the opportunity to debate her, Smith has come out explaining he’s ready to debate at any time.

Dear Voters of Newport,

I have recently been accused by my opponent of not being willing to participate in the debate being orga-
nized by the Newport County League of Women Voters.

Let me assure you nothing could be further from the truth. I am actually quite excited about the prospectof being able to debate my opponent on the issues and, even more important, on her dismal voting record.

When originally invited by the NCLWV to participate I responded immediately but was informed that they didn’t get my response. However, all has been rectified this morning as I was in direct contact with them and have been told, thankfully, that the debate is on.

I offer my apologies for any confusion I may have caused regarding my willingness to debate. But I can assure all the voters of District 75 that I am ready, willing and able to publicly debate my opponent. I like you am very interested to hear why she has voted for tolls, against car tax relief almost 100% of the time with the Speaker, to name just a few of the anti-tax payer pro special interest votes she has cast.

In closing, I would like to suggest that in the future, my opponent, Lauren Carson, takes the time to do her homework and to have her facts straight before going public with a false accusation. The public has a right to expect as much from someone who wants the honor of representing them.

10/27/15: MIKE SMITH ON DAN YORK STATE OF MIND

Dan Yorke State of Mind is a television program on myRITV that tackles the issues affecting everyday Rhode Islanders – from the economy to education, local politics to the lighter side of life – this half hour show promises to be informative and entertaining.

Mike Smith, the GOP challenger to Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed for District 13 (Newport & Jamestown), joined Dan Yorke State of Mind on Monday, October 27th.

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7/22/15: MIKE SMITH ON DAN YORK STATE OF MIND

(WPRI) — Dan Yorke State of Mind is a television program on myRITV that will tackle the issues affecting everyday Rhode Islanders – from the economy to education, local politics to the lighter side of life – this half hour show promises to be informative and entertaining.

Mike Smith, a republican hoping to represent District 13 (Newport & Jamestown) in the State Senate, joined Dan Yorke State of Mind on Tuesday, July 22nd.

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