The Capitol Record

Sen. Maria Cantwell will debate challenger Michael Baumgartner

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell will debate her Republican challenger, state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, at an televised event on Oct. 12th — the first U.S. Senate debate of the election season.

The debate is co-sponsored by KCTS and the League of Women Voters.

Baumgartner has been requesting a debate with the Democratic incumbent for months — even scheduling a debate with an empty chair. In a press release, Baumgartner said the debate “is a good first step,” but “I believe we should also schedule debates in eastern Washington and in southwest Washington as well.”

Cantwell’s campaign released a press release that said she “continues to review a number of outstanding invitations to community forums, additional joint appearances, and campaign speaking engagements throughout Washington state.”

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