How many times the candidates for a U.S. Senate seat from Kansas debate is a topic of debate.
Democrat challenger Jim Slattery challenged incumbent Republican Pat Roberts Tuesday to four televised debates. They'd be held in each Congressional district.
Slattery suggests each focus on a different issue - a debate in Dodge City focused on the economy, another in Topeka on health care, a third in Kansas City on foreign policy and one more in Wichita talking energy policy.
Roberts announced July 31st that he'd participate in three debates. Those are Sept. 6 at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson; Oct. 14 at a Kansas Association of Broadcasters event in Wichita; and Oct. 15 with the Johnson County Public Policy Council and Kansas City Kansas Chamber of Commerce in Overland Park.
Roberts' spokesperson Molly Haase says Roberts believe "Kansans should have an opportunity to hear directly from the candidates on the issues - despite Jim Slattery's refusal to debate his primary opponent."
She says Roberts schedule follows the model the presidential candidates are using, and Roberts believes it is appropriate for this Senate race. She also says Roberts will remain usy with the Senate schedule.
In Tuesday's letter to Roberts, Slattery said he felt televised debates were the best way to have the public see them answer questions and discuss topics in depth.