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Congressional candidates Charlie Brown and Tom McClintock seek debates

Fourth Congressional District candidates Charlie Brown and Tom McClintock are sparing over a series of debates before the election.

Brown has proposed the debates occur weekly beginning Oct. 8, each featuring a 90-minute, moderated panel or town hall format, according to a release from Brown’s campaign.

“This race is shaping up to be among the most closely watched in America this year,” wrote Brown Campaign manager Todd Stenhouse in a press release.

Brown’s proposal focuses each debate on a specific topic ” national security, the economy, domestic policy, and all policy areas, according to the release.

McClintock spokesman Stan Devereux said they have been in negotiations with the Brown camp, and have wanted more debates than the four offered by the Democrat.

The Republican’s campaign has suggested nine ” one in each county represented by the congressional district, Devereux said.

Devereux said the McClintock campaign has proposed Lincoln-Douglas style debates, and wants at least one more topic not on Brown’s list.

“The first debate should be on energy independence and the need to increase oil drilling…” Devereux said.

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