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Rammell, LaRocco set debates, challenge Risch

Two candidates for Larry Craig’s Senate seat, Democrat Larry LaRocco and independent Rex Rammell, held a joint press conference today to announce a series of 10 debates they’ll both participate in across the state in October, and to call on GOP nominee Jim Risch to join them. The debates will start with one in Sandpoint, and include matchups in Coeur d’Alene, Moscow, Lewiston, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls, Nampa, Meridian and Boise. “Rex and I are committed to be there throughout the state of Idaho, to have a discussion about our values and what we take to the United States Senate,” LaRocco said. Said Rammell, “I look forward to vigorously and professionally debating Mr. LaRocco, and I hope that Mr. Risch will join us. I feel it is imperative that the people of Idaho know where the candidates stand on the issues.”

There’s no response yet from the Risch camp. Rammell said, “We’re going to have a third podium or a third chair sitting there. It’ll be empty if he’s not there. … I’d like to see him show up.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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