- The debate with Nate Shinagawa at Hobart and William Smith college, not a friendly venue for Tom Reed, was a plus for Nate. Reed won’t likely make that mistake again.
- The debate with Nate Shinagawa in the Powers Theater in the Clemens Center in Elmira attracted a large crowd of Nate’s supporters. Tom chose to debate Martha in the much smaller Mandeville Hall which he filled with his friends and family.
- Debates, if any, would be on Reed’s terms. As with Martha, Tom would probably take no risks with John Plumb.
- Agreeing to Reed’s terms would make John appear to be dominated by Tom. Refusing to debate would give John the initiative. If challenged, he could blame Reed or, taking a cue from Donald Trump, give some aggressive reason for his decision.
- John Plumb may have much to lose and little to gain from debates which give Tom the opportunity to spin any issue raised.
- Reed’s views should be well known by now. Plumb can differentiate himself from Tom at events that don’t give Tom the opportunity to defend himself with self-serving misinformation.
Possibly the best use of John Plumb’s time is to meet and speak with as many voters as he can in private gatherings.