UPDATED 7:16 AM PT — Thurs. August 9, 2018
Fresh off a primary election victory this week, Missouri Senate hopeful Josh Hawley is ramping up calls for a debate with incumbent Claire McCaskill.
Hawley is hopeful the Democrat senator will show up to his Thursday event.
His campaign team has invited McCaskill to a series of upcoming events, where he will bring a flatbed trailer equipped with two podiums to debate the lawmaker.
Hawley began his calls for debate just hours after clinching the Republican nomination Tuesday, with the support of President Trump.He said debates are necessary for voters to get to know each candidate before they cast a ballot.
“Folks lament all of this dark money and Claire McCaskill has a gob of it, the antidote to that is let’s debate, let’s let people hear for themselves, see with their own two eyes, and let’s have a no holds barred,” said Hawley. “We’ll go back and forth and we’ll do it over and over — I’m ready anytime, anywhere.”
While McCaskill has yet to formally accept any of Hawley’s debate requests, she remains open to the possibility.
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