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Lieutenant governor's debate scheduled for Oct. 6

Wes Venteicher
| Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, 2:18 p.m.
Democrat lieutenant governor nominee John Fetterman.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Democrat lieutenant governor nominee John Fetterman.
Republican lieutenant governor nominee Jeff Bartos
Republican lieutenant governor nominee Jeff Bartos

Republican Jeff Bartos and Democrat John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s nominees for lieutenant governor, will debate one another Oct. 6, Bartos’ campaign announced Friday.

The debate is scheduled to air at 7:30 p.m. on Pittsburgh’s WPXI-TV after it is taped earlier in the afternoon, according to the announcement.

Fetterman, the Braddock mayor, is running with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. Bartos, a suburban Philadelphia businessman, is running with Republican gubernatorial nominee and former state Sen. Scott Wagner.

“I look forward to this opportunity to share the Wagner-Bartos vision to lower taxes, grow the economy and improve our education system with the people of Pennsylvania,” Bartos said in the announcement.

Fetterman’s campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Wolf has agreed to one debate with Wagner before the Nov. 6 election. The Oct. 1 debate will be moderated by “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek.

When Wolf ran against former Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, the candidates participated in three debates. When a WTAE-TV reporter asked Wolf on Thursday about this year’s lone debate, Wolf cited a “packed” schedule in saying he wouldn’t dedicate time to more debates.

Wagner called Wolf a “gutless coward” in response.

Wes Venteicher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Wes at 412-380-5676, wventeicher@tribweb.com or via Twitter @wesventeicher.

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