Bill Owens and Matt Doheny have agreed to debate, but the details on where and when those debates will happen still need to be hammered out.
Doheny, the Republican challenger to the Democratic U.S. representative from Plattsburgh in this fall's election, issued a statement yesterday announcing he had accepted debate invitations from three groups in New York's 21st Congressional District.
"On Primary Night, I asked my Democratic opponent to join me in three debates - one in each media market," Doheny said in a press release. "To his credit, he accepted my challenge. I believe voters across this vast 21st Congressional District deserve to hear our competing visions for America. I'm pleased that these three organizations have come forward and made these debates possible."
Rep. Bill Owens, left, and Matt Doheny
(Enterprise file photos)
Doheny accepted the following invitations:
Tuesday, Sept. 25, Queensbury High School auditorium, hosted by the Adirondack Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, Oct. 25, Jefferson Community College in Watertown, hosted by YNN television
Plattsburgh debate hosted by WPTZ television, date and time to be determined.
James Hannaway, campaign manager for Owens, said in an email that Owens has agreed to a Washington Farm Bureau debate, which wasn't included in Doheny's list, and the Sept. 25 debate in Queensbury.
"We have roughly a dozen offers from community organizations, newspapers, and TV stations," Hannaway said. "This is the first we've heard from the Doheny camp.
"If the Doheny campaign wants to talk debates, we're willing to have a conversation," he said. "So far, we've heard nothing from them except for a press release."
Hannaway said the Owens camp is still evaluating debate offers that would "provide a fair, substantive and vigorous debate, and also work with our calendar." Owens, being the incumbent in the race, will be back in Washington when the House reconvenes in September.
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