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Sen. McSally Proposes Debates In Senate Race Against Mark Kelly

Victor Calderón/KAWC

A day after Arizona’s primary election, U.S. Senator Martha McSally is challenging her opponent Mark Kelly to seven debates, including one in Yuma. 

Senator McSally’s proposed debate plan would include three debates hosted in Phoenix and Tucson by The Arizona Republic, Arizona PBS, and The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, KJZZ, and Arizona Public Media. 

Three additional debates would be focused on the state's rural communities and could be held in Yavapai, Yuma, and the Navajo Nation.  

Due to Arizona’s early voting calendar, the first debate should occur no later than the second week of September, Sen. McSally said. 


Mark Kelly responded to McSally's proposed debate on ABC15 Wednesday.


"I think it is very important we have a robust debate of the issues and we will do that. And the issues that Arizonans care about," Kelly said. 


Kelly said he wants to discuss healthcare for people with pre-existing conditions, the price of premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and prescription medication. 


"I am looking forward to debating these issues with her," he said. However, he did not mention if he would debate her in the seven debates she proposed throughout the state and rural communities.


Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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