McAuliffe agrees to five debates in Virginia governor’s race

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe has agreed to take part in five debates ahead of this year’s high-profile contest.

The McLean businessman and former national Democratic Party chairman will likely face Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II in November. This week, the Democratic Party of Virginia certified McAuliffe as its nominee after he submitted more than 35,000 signatures to qualify for the primary ballot.

Cuccinelli spokeswoman Anna Nix said that the attorney general looks forward to debating McAuliffe in every region of the state “and further exposing that the very foundation of his candidacy is completely fraudulent.” Details would be issued in coming days, Nix said.

Dates have not been set for all of the debates, but the earliest one on the calendar, to be hosted by the Virginia Bar Association, will take place July 20.

Other debates include:

• Virginia Tech/WSLS-10 Roanoke TV (date TBD)

• Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce/NBC-4 Washington TV (Sept. 25)

• League of Women Voters, Virginia/American Association of Retired Persons, Virginia/Public Broadcasting (date TBD, broadcast statewide)

• Radio One/Clovia Lawrence (date TBD)

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