George Allen (R) and Timothy M. Kaine (D) have agreed to attend at least three more debates in their heated contest to succeed retiring Sen. James Webb (D-Va.).
The two former governors have already participated in two debates — one in December in Richmond and one last month at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs. It’s unclear whether there will be any other debates in addition to the three announced Thursday. The Kaine campaign announced several weeks ago that it had accepted invitations to eight debates.
“We’ve accepted eight broadcast debates across Virginia, including these three,” said Kaine spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine. “We’re hopeful that there will be more so that as many Virginians as possible have the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates, but we’re looking forward to these three.”
In a statement noting that Allen had also participated in three Republican primary debates, Allen campaign manager Mike Thomas said: “George Allen has welcomed this election’s debate opportunities to contrast his vision and record with that of Tim Kaine.”
The three debates announced Thursday are:
— Sept. 20, 2012
U.S. Senate Debate Hosted by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and NBC4
— Oct. 8, 2012
U.S. Senate Debate Hosted by the AARP, League of Women Voters Virginia, WVCE Public Radio and WTVR CBS 6 TV
— Oct. 18, 2012
U.S. Senate Debate Hosted by WSLS NBC 10 TV and Virginia Tech