DETROIT (WXYZ) - Michigan’s two U.S. Senate candidates will not meet in a debate. The campaigns of both Debbie Stabenow and Pete Hoekstra issued press releases accusing their opponent of being difficult in the debate negotiation process.
Stabenow, the incumbent U.S. Senator and a Democrat, issued a statement saying her campaign, “is ending the ongoing debate over debates, due to Congressman Hoekstra’s refusal to accept the traditional U.S. Senate debates and his constant political attacks.”
In a response, Republican candidate Pete Hoekstra’s campaign wrote, “Debbie Stabenow's campaign refused to negotiate in good faith during the entire process.”
Both campaigns’ releases pointed to debates that would have been held by Grand Valley State University and the Detroit Economic Club. The two hosts have traditionally held recent U.S. Senate debates.
WXYZ would have televised and streamed the Detroit Economic Club debate and made it available to other news outlets across the state.
While both campaigns say they had accepted the two debates, they had not agreed on the details.
A statement today from Stabenow campaign manager Dan Farough read, “With little more than three weeks left in the campaign, the time has come to move on.”
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