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Hagan, Tillis accept debate invitation from WECT & local League of Women Voters

Sen. Kay Hagan and challenger Thom Tillis have both accepted a debate invitation from WECT-TV and the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear. Sen. Kay Hagan and challenger Thom Tillis have both accepted a debate invitation from WECT-TV and the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear.
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Campaigns for both major candidates running for North Carolina's Senate seat have accepted an invitation to attend a debate hosted by WECT and the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear. The date, time and location of the debate have not been set.

Sen. Kay Hagan's campaign accepted the invitation Wednesday, one of three the incumbent Democrat plans to attend leading up to the general election in November. The other two will be hosted by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation. The dates and locations of those events are not finalized.

Hagan's campaign debate liaison Jim Phillips notified the campaign of challenger Thom Tillis Wednesday of the decision. Phillips said the selection of three debates follows the pattern set in the last race for U.S. Senate.

"As with the Broadcasters, the LWV has a history of hosting successful statewide debates, and doing these three debates this year follows the most recent U.S. Senate debate precedent," Phillips wrote in the letter to the Tillis campaign. "In 2010, the candidates for U.S. Senate, Richard Burr and Elaine Marshall, participated in three debates in the fall – two hosted by the Broadcasters and one hosted by the League of Women Voters. The LWV will also allow the candidates to debate outside of Raleigh."

To read the entire letter sent by the Hagan campaign to the Tillis campaign, click here: http://bit.ly/VN5twg

Tillis wanted the candidates to participate in at least ten debates statewide. Tillis campaign manager Jordan Shaw criticized Hagan for limiting the number of opportunities for the candidates to discuss the issues.

"It's totally unacceptable that Kay Hagan is participating in only three debates, a cynical effort to limit the opportunities North Carolinians can hear from their Senate candidates," Shaw said in an emailed news release. "Speaker Tillis has challenged Hagan to a series of at least ten debates across the state. In the spirit of bipartisanship, both campaigns should compromise and agree to six debates between now and Election Day. We hope Senator Hagan will stop attempting to deny voters a substantive discussion about her record and the future of our country."     

WECT and the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear intend to invite Sean Hough, the Libertarian candidate in the Senate race, to take part in the debate hosted by the two organizations.

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