Carnahan offers four potential Senate debates

Sunday, September 15, 2002

ST. LOUIS -- Democratic Sen. Jean Carnahan offered Friday to debate her Republican challenger, former Congressman Jim Talent, in four debates, three of which would be televised.

But with the exception of one debate, an Oct. 24 media-sponsored faceoff in Columbia, Mo., Carnahan's offer is just that, an offer. A spokesman for Talent's campaign said they have not agreed to dates and times for the other three meetings suggested Friday by Carnahan's campaign.

Talent's campaign said it has accepted nine debate invitations, including an offer to appear from Washington on NBC's "Meet The Press."

Previously, Carnahan had offered to debate Talent just twice, on the Oct. 24 date in Columbia and in St. Louis in a debate sponsored by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, KMOX radio and public television station KETC. Talent also agreed to the St. Louis debate but no date or time has been set.

Carnahan's offer Friday adds a televised debate in Kansas City, hosted by public television station KCPT and KCTV, and a one-hour broadcast on KLIK-AM radio in Jefferson City.

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