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Rossi agrees to 2 debates, calls for more

Republican challenger Dino Rossi accepted a debate in Spokane and another in Seattle that Democratic Sen. Patty Murray had previously agreed to do. But in doing so, Rossi repeated his call for additional head-to-head matchups, saying voters deserve more.

Murray accepted debate invitations about three weeks ago from KSPS-TV/KXLY-TV for a mid-October debate in Spokane, and another from KOMO-TV for a debate in Seattle around the same time. Rossi, who had pressed for at least six state debates and one nationally televised one, held off accepting any until today. (Full disclosure: I’ve done several debates at KSPS over the years and have been asked to take part in the Spokane debate, although the format hasn’t been set.)

Rossi called Murray’s two debates and raised her four, issuing “an open letter to Washington voters” that said he was also accepting invitations from KING-TV and KIRO-TV in Seattle, the Greater Tacoma Rotary and KCTS-TV/Yakima Herald.

Murray doesn’t appear likely to take him up on it. Deputy Campaign Manager Alex Glass said Murray was glad Rossi had accepted the two with statewide broadcasts, and that Murray will be in communities throughout the state during the campaign to talk with voters.

It’s unclear whether a debate over debates will ensue. To read Rossi’s letter, go inside the blog.

WA Senate candidates mark 9/11

A previous item mentions that one’s view of U.S. Senate candidates raising money on Sept. 11 may depend more on your opposition to the candidate than anything else.

But it would seem that both Sen. Patty Murray and Republican challenger Dino Rossi are equally respectful of the day. How else can one explain their statements on the 9th anniversary of 9/11 being transmitted about eight minutes apart on Friday evening. We print them verbatim below.

“Tomorrow marks the 9th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.  I want to take this opportunity to send my prayers to the families and friends of those murdered at the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and on Flight 93.  I also want to express my thanks for all those men and women who have defended us and protected us from further attacks since 9/11.  And, of course, my deepest gratitude goes to those who gave their lives in service to our country.

“Time heals many wounds, but it is my deepest hope that the passage of time does not see America lose her sense of purpose or realism about the extremists who seek to destroy us.  As long as the threat of terrorism exists, we must continue to stand ready to fight our enemies and defend our country.”


“Like all Americans I will never forget the grief, pain, and horror the senseless and cowardly terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 brought upon our nation. For far too many families this day will be a solemn occasion to remember their loved ones and to mourn lives that were lost too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with these families at this difficult time.

 “But like all Americans I will also never forget the response that day summoned from those who will always be regarded as true American heroes. From our police officers, firefighters, and first responders who ran straight into the fire to save lives. To strangers who donated blood, their time, and anything they could to help their fellow Americans. To the passengers of Flight 93 who gave their lives to spare countless others. And of course, to the thousands upon thousands of service members who have been sent to defend our nation in the wake of those attacks.

 “September 11th is a day to not only honor the service and lives of these men and women but also to learn from their selflessness and dedication to the common good.  As we continue to fight terrorism, protect our homeland, and make our nation a better place for our children, the examples of the heroes of September 11th should always inspire and guide our work.”


So which candidate goes with which statement? Answer inside the blog.





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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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