McDonnell Renews Debate Request
Republican Bob McDonnell isn't dropping his debate challenge.
McDonnell renewed his request today for a series of 10 debates with Democrat Creigh Deeds after his campaign said Deeds rejected the original offer last week.
"There is a hunger for robust political discourse in this campaign," said Tucker Martin, McDonnell's spokesman.
Deeds spokesman Jared Leopold said Deeds never rejected the challenge but that the campaign will continue to work with potential organizers to devise a list of debates across the state on their timetable, not McDonnell's.
The two have agreed to a July 25 debate at the Homestead resort in Deeds' home county of Bath, but no others.
Usually the candidate who is trailing in the polls is the one who asks for more debates to garner more exposure, but neither is considered the underdog at this point in the race.
Instead, McDonnell may be trying to take advantage of the low expectations of the unpolished, stammering Deeds. But anyone who watched any of the five Democratic primary debates knows that the self-proclaimed country lawyer can more than hold his own, even managing to snag a headline or two.
In 2005, it was the Democratic candidate, Tim Kaine, who made an issue of the debates. He used signs, a Website and even a man dressed as a duck to mock Republican Jerry Kilgore for "ducking" debates.
If Deeds does not respond to the challenge McDonnell may try to make the debates an issue the same way Kaine did.
Posted by: ChrisD4 | July 8, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse
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