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McSally: GOP debates slated for SV, GV

Two Republican congressional primary debates will be held later this month, presumed frontrunner Martha McSally said Monday morning. The announcement follows the cancellation of a debate promoted by a right-wing group after the three-time candidate declined to participate.

McSally said debates will be held July 22 in Sierra Vista and July 26 in Green Valley. There was no word from the other candidates — Shelley Kais and Chuck Wooten — on whether they would appear, and McSally's press release did not mention her opponents,  although she referred to the event as a "confirmed" debate.

"Debates are a great opportunity to share important viewpoints and dive past the sound bites to more complex stances on the issues facing Southern Arizonans," McSally said in the release.

Over the holiday weekend, a Republican group called off a CD2 congressional debate, pointing a finger at McSally for declining to participate.

The group Northwest Conservatives had blasted McSally on Thursday, accusing her of "hiding" from voters and her primary opponents. "... She cannot be found walking neighborhoods or meeting with voters," they said in a press release.

GOP aspirants Wooten and Kais had agreed to appear at the debate, which was to be emceed by conservative radio host James T. Harris.

Kais pulled out of the event when McSally declined to appear, the group said in a press release Saturday. Kais did not respond to a request to comment.

The winner of the August primary will face off with incumbent Democrat Ron Barber.

CD2 GOP primary debates

According to McSally's release, debates will be held at the following locations. Times were not provided:

  • Thunder Mountain Republican Women's Club Debate
  • Sierra Vista
  • Tuesday, July 22
  • Republican Club of Green Valley and Sahuarita/Green Valley News/Sahuarita Sun/the Quail Creek Republican Club Debate
  • Green Valley
  • Saturday, July 26

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