Will Lincoln debate Halter before runoff?
In a quick interview with me on Friday, Arkasas Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter called on Blanche Lincoln to hold at least one head-to-head debate before their runoff on June 8th.
I can't get the Lincoln campaign to tell me whether they have any interest. But the Lincoln camp is up with a new ad attacking Halter for allegedly outsourcing jobs to India.
Halter and Lincoln debated several times before last week's election, which was unexpectedly close and forced a runoff, but in those cases, there was a third candidate present who has now been eliminated. Halter now wants a head to head showdown.
"I stand ready to debate any day and look forward to it," Halter told me. "I'm hopeful that we get another debate or two before the runoff. I welcome the opportunity to debate directly, just the two of us now without a third of the time on the clock going to a third candidate."
Emails to the Lincoln campaign since Friday requesting comment have gone unreturned. But the Lincoln camp is up with this new ad hitting Halter:
"Instead of creating jobs in Arkansas," the ad intones, "his company outsourced jobs to India." But the Associated Press recently concluded that while the company Halter served on the board of directors did open a Bangalore office, there's "no evidence" it cut American jobs to do this.
This ad, combined with the Lincoln camp's refusal to say whether they're open to another debate, has the Halter campaign demanding to know whether this means Lincoln only wants the campaign to unfold on the air, where the messages are tightly scripted and not subject to challenge. If I ever get a response, I'll update you.
May 24, 2010; 12:32 PM ET
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