Ehrlich proposes two TV and three radio debates
The debate over debates ratcheted up Thursday in Maryland's gubernatorial race, with the campaign of former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) proposing two television and three radio encounters.
"With 211,000 Marylanders currently unable to find work, Marylanders deserve a thorough exchange of ideas on how best to tackle the many challenges we face, particularly how to lead a lasting economic recovery in our state," Henry Fawell, Ehrlich's communications director, said in a letter to the O'Malley campaign. "The Bob Ehrlich for Maryland campaign proposes five debates under conditions to be mutually agreed upon by the campaigns."
Ehrlich included at least some specifics on all five debates.
O'Malley campaign manager Tom Russell noted in a statement that O'Malley had already challenged Ehrlich to debate and said O'Malley remains "happy to debate whoever is the Republican nominee after the primary" -- a reference to Brian Murphy, Ehrlich's long-shot GOP rival who was endorsed last week by Sarah Palin.
As soon as Ehrlich announced plans to get in the race in April, O'Malley challenged him to a radio debate on Baltimore's WBAL. Ehrlich declined, instead inviting O'Malley to come on the talk show Ehrlich was co-hosting with his wife at the time.
"Bob Ehrlich is losing momentum in this campaign because he represents the past and is recognized as the biggest spender in Maryland history," Russell said. "Governor O'Malley looks forward to a robust debate on how we continue to move Maryland forward."
Russell's statement did not respond directly to the Ehrlich camp's list, but included several debates to which O'Malley has already agreed, including one proposed by The Washington Post. That one did not make Ehrlich's list.
Here are the specifics on the five debates proposed by Ehrlich:
-- WMAR-TV "Square Off" with Richard Sher as moderator; 60-minute debate with no timed responses. Taped live on Sept. 16th in the afternoon with no audience.
-- WJLA-TV/NewsChannel 8 in association with the Howard County Chamber of Commerce; 60 minutes with no timed responses; Bruce DePuyt as moderator.
-- Radio debate hosted by the Baltimore Jewish Council. Broadcaster, length, moderator and rules to be determined.
-- WOLB Radio hosts a 60-minute debate, moderated by Senator Larry Young. No timed responses.
-- WTOP Radio debate with host to be determined; Friday Oct. 29 at 10 a.m.; 60 minutes with no timed responses.
August 12, 2010; 1:05 PM ET
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