Hagan agrees to three debates in Senate race; Tillis wants more

Posted July 9, 2014

— Despite a challenge from Republican Thom Tillis to meet in a series of at least 10 debates across the state this fall, Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's campaign said Wednesday that she would debate Tillis no more than three times before the November election.

Two two have already agreed to meet in two debates hosted by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation, the dates of which haven't been set.

Hagan's campaign said she also would participate in a debate in Wilmington hosted by the League of Women Voters and WECT-TV. The date of that debate also hasn't been set.

"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 (event) will also allow the candidates to debate outside of Raleigh," Jim Phillips of Hagan's campaign said in a letter to Tillis' campaign.

Tillis in May said he would participate in debates hosted by the North Carolina Bankers Association and the North Carolina Medical Society and said he hoped Hagan would follow suit. He then suggested a series of debates held in various regions of the state.

On Wednesday, his campaign called for a compromise of at least six debates.

“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," campaign manager Jordan Shaw said in a statement.

Hagan's camp said so many debates would be out of precedent with previous Senate campaigns in North Carolina, adding that Tillis said during the Republican primary battle that he thought three debates would suffice.


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  • Joseph Shepard Jul 12, 2014
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    The most memorable thing Hagan accomplished in office was the actual serving of coffee and doughnuts --in her office....

  • tracmister Jul 10, 2014

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  • archmaker Jul 10, 2014

    Doesn't anyone else remember all the republican primary debates where tillis wouldn't even show up?

    Exactly what you should expect from tillis…

  • veryfrustrated1 Jul 10, 2014

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    I just saw the ad too and wondered the same thing!

  • wayneboyd Jul 10, 2014

    I just watched her latest ad that states she stepped in and stoppee the flow of textile jobs from North Carolina to China.
    Can anyone tell me one town in our state where a textile mill of any kind still operates.

  • jaybird2974 Jul 10, 2014

    Funny how he wants more debates but he can not find the time to talk to anyone from his state outside his party about issues that needs to be addressed. Well I forgot that if it is not self motivated he does nothing. Maybe Hagan needs to demand that one of those debates be in a forum setting with all three parties evenly represented.

  • recontwice Jul 10, 2014

    The person whos trailing in the polls always ask for an exhorbirant amount of debates!The last couple Ive seen had tills trailing!Will the other candidate be invited?Has tillis checked with the RNC who wants fewer debates to shield their clown car candidates?

  • heelhawk Jul 10, 2014

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    I don't think your conservative brethren are going to agree with your assertion that Reid is the #1 threat to America. I was under the impression that the right wing fringe had marching orders to blame it all on Obama....... oh my God, I just figured it out. I know why the GOP is so afraid of gay marriage. If Harry and Barack became a couple then you'd have an über-nemesis. We could call them something cute like ObamaReid...... or ReidBama. As for your assertions that you'd vote for a goat...... guess that means that pay no attention to policies or ideas, but blindly pull the straight party ticket like many of your fellow conservatives have accused the Democrats of doing.

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Jul 10, 2014

    Will Sean Haugh, the libertarian candidate, be invited? What the cutoff 10% polls to be included?


    Tillis can always debate the libertarian if he needs more debates. I saw an interview with Mr. Haugh. He held his own. I might be tempted to vote for him to put a real middle class person to represent NC.

  • Doug Pawlak Jul 10, 2014
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    I did also.