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Two Democratic hopefuls in Senate race accept Meadville debate offer

Tony LaRussa
| Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009

Two of the three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate next year have accepted an invitation to debate at Allegheny College in Meadville.

One of the two Republicans seeking the party's endorsement in the primary also has agreed to a debate.

A date for the debates has not yet been set, a college spokesman said.

State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Dravosburg, announced Wednesday that he "looked forward to this opportunity to give the citizens of Pennsylvania a chance to hear each U.S. Senate candidate's stand on the important issues facing our nation and its citizens."

U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Delaware County, informed college officials that he, too, is interested in participating in the debate, said Josh Tysiachney, a public affairs officer at Allegheny.

Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Philadelphia, has not yet responded to the invitation, Tysiachney said.

College officials also are planning a debate between candidates seeking the Republican nomination.

Conservative activist Peg Luksik of Johnstown has accepted an invitation to debate. Her GOP rival in the spring primary, former Lehigh Valley congressman Pat Toomey, has not yet responded to the college's invitation, Tysiachney said.

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