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Chances for televised debate in Michigan U.S. Senate race dimming

Terri Lynn Land
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

It appears highly unlikely there will be a televised debate between Michigan’s two major-party candidates for U.S. Senate this fall. 

It’s not for a lack of potential debate venues. Two TV stations and Michigan State University have offered to host a debate between Republican Terri Lynn Land and Democrat Gary Peters.      

The Peters campaign has accepted those invitations, but Land’s campaign has not.

Speaking tonight, Land would only say she’s leaving the decision to debate up to “the folks who make those plans,” but declined to say who “those folks” are. 

“I’m always willing to talk to voters,” Land answered in response to repeated questions about debates.

Land and Peters have appeared at the same venue to answer questions, for example at the Detroit Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference in May.  But they haven’t shared a stage in a formal debate. 

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio
Michigan Radio
Congressman Gary Peters talks to supporters in Detroit.

The Peters campaign today criticized Land’s campaign for not discussing a debate schedule.

The possible venues for a U.S. Senate debate may be shrinking.  

Tuesday, WOOD TV in Grand Rapids announced it was postponing its plans for a debate next week. The station is also postponing its planned debate between the major party candidates running for governor.

Democrat Mark Schauer accepted the invitation. Incumbent Republican Rick Snyder had not.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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