In Asheville, the Buncombe County Republican Party wants to hold a debate with a group that doesn’t share its conservative views.
The party announced Monday that it will make a $100 donation to charity if “any organized political or neighborhood group” agrees to “debate any local, state or national political issue.” The group agreeing to the debate can pick its favorite charity.
“There are no restrictions on location, format or agenda,” the Buncombe GOP wrote on its website. “Give us a heads up, and we’re happy to meet you on your turf, in your way and focus on your issues.”
The group says it’s concerned about the low “level of maturity” in current political discussions.
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“We want to take a positive approach to our community’s currently negative political paradigm, and we believe our conservative values will stand the test,” the post says.
While the City of Asheville is well known for its liberal leanings, the rural communities surrounding the city lean more conservative.
On Monday afternoon, N.C. Sen. Jeff Jackson was among the first to respond to the invite. Jackson, a Democrat from Charlotte, offered to match the GOP’s $100 donation.