Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and Democratic challenger Deborah Ross both say they’re working on setting a debate schedule ahead of November’s election.
Ross, a former state legislator from Raleigh, this week challenged Burr to four debates. Her campaign says she’s agreed to attend televised debates hosted by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, Time Warner Cable News, ABC11 and WECT-TV of Wilmington.
“By having four debates we can ensure that all North Carolinians are able to make an informed choice about who they want to represent them in the United States Senate,” Ross wrote in a letter to Burr. “We have a duty to North Carolinians to demonstrate that, while we may disagree on the issues, we do agree that an open, in-depth, and civil discussion will best provide the people of North Carolina the information they need to choose their next United States Senator.”
Burr’s campaign said it is working with the Association of Broadcasters on terms for a debate.
“We have agreed to enter into debate negotiations with the North Carolina Broadcasters Association, and we are not accepting any other debate invitations until we conclude our negotiations with the Broadcasters,” campaign spokesman Alex Johnson said. “The N.C. Broadcasters Association offers the largest viewership in North Carolina, and we want to ensure we have a forum that will reach all parts of North Carolina.”
During the U.S. Senate primary race, Ross debated her three Democratic rivals once on WRAL but turned down an invitation from Time Warner Cable News. Burr did not debate his Republican opponents.