CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Second District Congresswoman Shelley Capito’s U.S. Senate campaign announced Thursday the congresswoman has agreed to a debate in the Senate race.
Capito has accepted the invitation for the Oct. 7 televised debate in Charleston sponsored by the West Virginia Press Association, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and AARP West Virginia.
Capito said all four candidates for the open Senate seat should be part of the debate.
“Voters deserve to hear from all the candidates running for the U.S. Senate this year,” Capito said in a news release. “I welcome the chance to debate the issues that matter most to West Virginians, and the opportunity to discuss my proven record of fighting for West Virginia families versus Natalie Tennant’s record of defending President Obama and his job-killing, anti-coal policies.”
Secretary of State Tennant’s campaign said it’s been waiting for Capito to agree to debate the issues.
“I am glad to see Congresswoman Capito has finally accepted my challenge to debate and give West Virginians the opportunity they deserve to compare our very different records and visions for West Virginia,” Tennant said. “Make no mistake, Washington politicians aren’t on the ballot, this race is about West Virginia. And I’ll gladly put my record giving $3 million back to taxpayers and cutting fees for small businesses up against Congresswoman Capito’s record giving bonuses to Wall Street CEO’s and raising fees on small businesses to boost profits for credit card companies.”
The other two candidates on the ballot are Libertarian Party candidate John Buckley and Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber.