U.S. Senate race: Mark Warner finally accepts additional debates with Ed Gillespie

Mark WarnerBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie offered debate dates long ago and now Democratic Senator Mark Warner has finally agreed to some appearances, according to reporter Jenna Portnoy with the Washington Post (see Warner agrees to eight appearances with Gillespie in Va. senate race):

… the candidates will square off in two more televised debates: on Oct. 7 in Fairfax County and on Oct. 13 in Richmond.

They also agreed to four joint appearances: two in Northern Virginia in September, one in Danville in October and another that has yet to be scheduled.

A little clarification of the term “joint appearances” was offered by Paul Logan with the Ed Gillespie campaign:

Gillespie’s spokesman, Paul Logan, said the Republican previously agreed to debate Warner at all of the events, but noted that many have been changed to “joint appearances” where the candidates are unlikely to interact.

“Warner is clearly not comfortable defending his record of voting with President Obama 97 percent of the time and comparing it to Ed’s record of getting results and his agenda for economic growth,” Logan said.

Virginians will have the chance to hear again from the candidates after last month’s Virginia Bar Association (VBA) debate held at The Greenbrier in nearby West Virginia (see Photos and observations: 2014 VBA Warner-Gillespie debate).

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