Key Running Scared Over TV Debates
Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First
5 JUNE 2014
Key Running Scared
Over TV Debates
New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon
Winston Peters has accused John Key of running scared away
from election television debates.
The Prime Minister has
pulled out of a planned TV3 debate that includes Mr Peters,
Labour and the Green Party.
“Typical John Key - the
chance of a fair, robust debate about the future of the
country and he runs a hundred miles.
“The people of New
Zealand are entitled to see how Mr Key performs under
“Well, they’ve seen how he performs – he
does a runner.”
Mr Peters says he could not imagine past
National leaders running away from an open debate with other
“They would say ‘bring it on’,
whereas John Key says ‘turn it off’.
those who haven’t got a defence as to what they are doing
are not prepared to face questions,” says Mr
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