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O'Malley, Ehrlich agree to Oct. 11 debate on WJZ

John Wagner

After weeks of wrangling, Maryland's two leading gubernatorial candidates have agreed to at least one televised debate: Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) will square off Oct. 11 on WJZ, the CBS affiliate in Baltimore.

The hourlong encounter, to be moderated by WJZ anchor Denise Koch, will be taped that morning before a small studio audience and will air at 7 p.m., according to representatives from both campaigns.

The candidates have agreed to cover five to six major topics, with each answering a question and allowing Koch the opportunity for follow-up.

Spokesmen for both Ehrlich and O'Malley said they remain in discussions about other debate proposals from several organizations, including The Washington Post.

In their 2006 race, O'Malley and Ehrlich debated twice -- both on the same day.

Oct. 11 could have a similar feel. Both candidates are planning to participate in a forum that afternoon hosted by the Maryland Disabilities Forum at a hotel near Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport. Technically, the forum, which will focus on disabilities issues, is not a debate.

As for the WJZ encounter, "Governor O'Malley is looking forward to a substantive discussion of the issues," said deputy campaign manager Rick Abbruzzese.

"Bob Ehrlich has always believed that voters are the ultimate winners when you have substantive debates between the candidates," said Ehrlich communications director Henry Fawell.

By John Wagner  | September 30, 2010; 6:09 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, John Wagner  
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This should be good. Dumb debating dumber.

Posted by: gpl2411 | September 30, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Which issues WaPo? Care to inform us of which of the broad spectrum of disabilities they will broach?

Posted by: stopthemadness | October 1, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

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