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August 28, 2018

U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania heats up with two debates set for October, and some Twitter sparring

Lou Barletta and Bob Casey will debate in the state's two largest cities before the midterm elections

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Congressman Lou Barletta, shown here during a 2016 rally for Donald Trump, will challenge Democratic Sen. Bob Casey in the fall.

For now, it seems Pennsylvanians will get two debates between U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, the Democratic incumbent, and GOP challenger Lou Barletta ahead of November’s midterm elections. One will be in Philadelphia, and the other in Pittsburgh, and they seem to be ticketed for October.

Reports of the debates eked out Tuesday, and Barletta’s campaign confirmed in a release that it had accepted the two debates

According to Laura Olson of the Morning Call, Casey’s camp also said it accepted the two debates.

Barletta’s release Tuesday afternoon chastised Casey for not agreeing to more than two debates before the elections, with the challenger's senior communications adviser, Matthew Beynon, calling Casey’s decision to refuse debates in Harrisburg and Scranton “not surprising, but still disappointing.”


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Then Beynon and Casey’s communications director, Max Steele, got into a bit of a back-and-forth on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

Steele began by pointing out how long it’s taken to actually schedule the debates between Casey and Barletta:

Beynon returned fire, citing a “bombastic” campaign from Casey that he apparently feels fizzled when it came time to plan debates:

Ultimately, Steele put an end to the exchange:

Sparks are flying, but we still don’t know exactly when or where the two debates will be held.

The midterm elections will be held Nov. 6.


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