McDonnell Pushes Deeds on Debates

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell is offering staffers to help coordinate a debate schedule with Democrat Creigh Deeds.

McDonnell’s campaign has challenged Deeds to a series of ten debates in the run-up to the Nov. 3 general election. The Democrat said he’s eager to “compare records” but has not been willing to commit to a firm number, citing scheduling concerns.

Tucker Martin, McDonnell’s communications director, pointed out today that Deeds was able to schedule a total of eight debates or forums over the course of 46 days leading up to the Democratic primary.

“We are optimistic that with only two campaigns involved, it should be possible to schedule ten debates over a 90 day period,” Martin said.

“There is a hunger for robust political discourse in this campaign,” he said.

Deeds spokesman Jared Leopold says the campaign will work out the debate schedule on their time, not on McDonnell’s.

“We’re looking forward to comparing Creigh’s record of bipartisan leadership with Bob McDonnell’s record of opposing the common-sense policies that moved Virginia forward,” Leopold said in a statement.

“We’ll work with news organizations and community groups to schedule debates.”

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