Bill Cassidy agrees to one debate with Mary Landrieu — after close of early voting

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Rep. Bill Cassidy challenged Sen. Mary Landrieu to campaign in Louisiana with President Barack Obama, saying he would agree to one new debate for the contested U.S. Senate seat for every time Landrieu appeared with Obama.
  • Rep. Bill Cassidy challenged Sen. Mary Landrieu to campaign in Louisiana with President Barack Obama, saying he would agree to one new debate for the contested U.S. Senate seat for every time Landrieu appeared with Obama.

During her election night speech Nov. 4, Sen. Mary Landrieu challenged Rep. Bill Cassidy to a series of six debates in the next month between the primary and the runoff election Dec. 6. Now Cassidy has answered that challenge with a challenge of his own, saying that every time Landrieu barnstorms the state with President Barack Obama, he'll agree to one more debate.

Obama is, of course, wildly unpopular in Louisiana, and Landrieu did not appear with him in the state during the campaign; in the last days of the primary season, big-league national Democratic support was lent by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who appeared with Landrieu at a rally in New Orleans, and former President Bill Clinton, who did the same in Baton Rouge.

Cassidy did agree to one more debate, to be held Dec. 1 and hosted by Raycom Media, which staged the final debate of the primary at the Manship School at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Like that debate, Cassidy's proposed date would fall just after the close of early voting. 

There was no immediate reaction from the Landrieu campaign.


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