More Senatorial Debates Scheduled

| September 2, 2014

Senate ChamberATLANTA — Morris News Service reports voters will have at least three more opportunities to see Senate candidates Michelle Nunn and David Perdue toe to toe with word Tuesday of their agreement to participate in upcoming televised debates.  Nunn, however, has accepted invitations to two additional forums that aren’t currently scheduled for broadcast, hosted by the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer and by the League of Women Voters.  Perdue spokeswoman Megan Whittemore said the campaign is still in discussions with the hosts to ensure wide viewership across Georgia.

The two already appeared together last month in Macon at an event sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Farm Bureau and broadcast on WMAZ-TV. Most observers reported neither was flustered and that each stuck to the narrative their consultants had mapped out.

“Debates will be an important part of this race,” Nunn said. “Georgians want their leaders to have a dialogue about the issues and share the experiences and values they would bring to this office. My opponent and I have different backgrounds and approaches to solving our nation’s problems, and I hope he will agree to engage in these important conversations.”

Nunn skipped all but one of the debates held by various groups and media when she was in the running for the Democratic nomination. But she had significantly more money than the other Democrats combined and didn’t need the exposure in the primary, but now, she is getting outspent by the Republicans and the super PACs supporting them.

Perdue, on the other hand, appeared in more than a dozen debates and forums in his quest for the Republican nomination and the nine-week runoff.

“We’re planning to participate in 3 debates, which should be ample opportunity for voters to make their decision,” Whittemore said. “Right now, David is taking his message directly to the people of Georgia, and unlike his opponent, he has been very clear on where he stands on the issues.”

The three ahead for Nunn and Perdue include Oct. 7 hosted by WMAZ-TV in Macon, Oct. 26 hosted by the Atlanta Press Club and broadcast statewide on Georgia Public Broadcasting and Nov. 2 hosted by WSB-TV in Atlanta.

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