Virginia’s candidates for U.S. Senate will debate at least three times in advance of the November election.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., announced Wednesday that he’s accepted invitations to three general election debates, two fewer than his Republican opponent, Army veteran Daniel Gade, challenged him to. Warner’s campaign said three debates are tradition for top-of-ticket races in Virginia.
“These debates are a critical opportunity for Senator Warner to continue to share his vision for the future of the Commonwealth and discuss his work to protect and expand access to health care and deliver lasting economic relief to Virginians struggling during the Covid-19 crisis,” said Warner spokeswoman Kate Waters in a statement.
She added: “Ultimately, we will see if Mr. Gade is as eager to praise President Trump’s failure to contain the virus as ‘great leadership’ in front of all of Virginia as he is at home behind the screen of his computer. Mr. Gade owes Virginians answers about why he has repeatedly undermined commonsense public health initiatives to contain the virus, and it is our hope that they will get those answers through these debates.”