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.).

Republican George Allen (left) and Democrat Tim Kaine (right) meet for question & answer session during a town hall meeting in Reston, Va. June 28, 2012, sponsored by Northern Virginia Technology Council. (Gerald Martineau/For The Washington Post)

“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

McLean, Va.

— Oct. 8, 2012

U.S. Senate Debate Hosted by the AARP, League of Women Voters Virginia, WVCE Public Radio and WTVR CBS 6 TV

Richmond, Va.

— Oct. 18, 2012

U.S. Senate Debate Hosted by WSLS NBC 10 TV and Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Va.