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July 25, 2006

McGavick wants lots of debates with Cantwell

Posted by David Postman at 5:14 PM

Republican Senate candidate Mike McGavick wants nine debates with Sen. Maria Cantwell — one in each congressional district. I'll go out on a limb here and say it's not going to happen. Challengers always want more debates than incumbents, and frankly have more free time to fit them in.

In fact, that is such a truism I was sure if I checked the clips there'd be stories about Cantwell wanting some huge number of debates against the man she beat for the job, former Sen. Slade Gorton. What I found was Cantwell pushed for just three debates, though she insisted they all be televised. (I guess in case anyone didn't know Gorton was much older than she was.) There were eventually three, though only one was televised.

In a letter to Cantwell, McGavick said there is plenty of time for nine debates.

"I take seriously the obligation of the political process to make myself available to the voters so that they may examine and compare my ideas with my opponent's."

He'll get his chance. But nine of them? We'll see what Cantwell's opening bid is.

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