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Marshall Challenges Gilmore to Debate

Anita Kumar

Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) agreed to participate in a U.S. Senate debate sponsored by three Young Republican clubs in Northern Virginia in the third week of May.

No word on whether his opponent for the Republican nomination, former governor James S. Gilmore III, will participate.

Gilmore turned down previous requests to debate Marshall. Instead, he is concentrating on a possible general election contest with the presumptive Democratic nominee, former governor Mark R. Warner.

Marshall accuses Gilmore of ducking debates.

"We have already had Gilmore refuse a debate that the Washington Times wanted to host," Steve Waters, Marshall's campaign manager, wrote in responding to the Young Republicans' invitation. "But we will be at your debate regardless if Gilmore shows or is absent."

The invitation was signed by Michael J. Hardy, chairman of the Prince William Young Republicans, Dominic Lozaro, chairman of the Fairfax Area Young Republicans and Brandy Dykes, chairwoman of the Arlington/Falls Church Area Young Republicans.

"Debates are crucial in any campaign," the letter reads, "but they are particularly valuable for an intra-party race where differences tend to manifest through subtle distinctions on issues and policy."

Marshall and Gilmore will compete at the state convention late next month.

By Anita Kumar  |  April 25, 2008; 11:13 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , John W. Warner , Mark Warner  
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Gilmore is smart not to debate. Marshall will take him with one hand tied behind his back.

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