Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Haslam Agrees to Three TV Debates

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 12:37 PM

We doubt the McWherter-Haslam debates will be as memorable as this one.
  • We doubt the McWherter-Haslam debates will be as memorable as this one.
Bill Haslam announced today he has agreed to debate Mike McWherter three times on television. Haslam says he will appear:

* Sept. 14 on Nashville's WTVF in a debate sponsored by The Highlands, Tennessee Tech University, and the Tennessee League of Women Voters.

* Oct. 7 on Knoxville's WBIR in a debate sponsored by the University of Tennessee's Howard J. Baker Center for Public Policy and

* Oct. 9 on WREG in Memphis in a debate sponsored by the Commercial Appeal and Impact Memphis.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunities provided by these debates to present my case to Tennessee voters,” Haslam said. “These three televised debates will provide voters excellent opportunities to determine how I would govern if given the chance.”

“We’re confident these three debates will show Tennessee voters that Bill Haslam is the only candidate left in this race with the proven record of job creation, budget management, education improvement and shrinking state government,” said Mark Cate, campaign manager.

Note to Mike McWherter: This is how you make news. You say something that's newsworthy. Yesterday's press conference with Ken Givens, while providing comic relief, didn't qualify as news.

WSMV puts a different spin on it. According to Channel 4, what Haslam announced is that he's ducking the Channel 4 debate at Belmont.


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