Presidential Campaign Debates of 1980 Telegram to the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Press Club.
I am pleased to accept your invitation to a one-on-one debate with Governor Reagan at the National Press Club. I believe that the earliest possible date would be preferable so that the maximum number of debates can be scheduled. Members of my campaign staff are ready to discuss format and timing immediately. I look forward to this debate as the beginning of a constructive cross-examination of the candidates by members of the press.
[Mr. Seth T. Payne, Chairman, Board of Governors, National Press Club, Room 809, National Press Building, Washington, D.C.]
Attention: Mr. Peter A. Holmes
Note: The text of the President's telegram was made available by the White House Press Office.
Jimmy Carter, Presidential Campaign Debates of 1980 Telegram to the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Press Club. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/251965