Updated below with MSM confirmation
2 different conservative blogs are reporting that Senator Tim Johnson has decided not participate in any debates against challenger Joel Dykstra. No official word yet from the Johnson mouthpiece blog Badlands Blue but heads on the right have already started exploding all across South Dakota.
More to come for sure, just monitor the comment sections of the ever increasing number of Johnson should retire posts on SDWC for all the Johnson “love” that will surely follow.
UPDATE: The Argus confirms it
In a press release, Johnson said his speech had not yet improved to the point where a debate would accurately reflect his abilities.
And the Press Release from the Johnson campaign:
“I would like to thank South Dakotans for their patience, prayers, and strong support during the past year. It is because of that support and my job performance over the past year that I know I am 100 percent capable of performing all of the duties of my job as South Dakota’s Senior Senator. I have the full confidence of my doctors, family and colleagues in the Senate as I seek another six-year term.
In the Senate I am able to effectively communicate the needs of our state and my passionately held beliefs.
There is no better evidence of that than my record since returning to the Senate nearly one year ago. I have not missed a single vote, I have acquired hundreds of millions of dollars for projects throughout South Dakota and I chair, attend and fully participate in committee and sub-committee hearings.
I have been open and honest about my recovery. While my speech continues to improve it is not yet 100 percent and I have not yet reached a point in my rehab where my participation in a debate would accurately reflect my capabilities. Therefore I will not participate in traditional political debates during this campaign.”