Congressman Jeff Flake, Running for U.S. Senate, Dodging Political Debates Against Opponent Richard Carmona?

Congressman Jeff Flake, a longtime politician in a close race for the U.S. Senate against Richard Carmona, a former U.S. Surgeon General, has only agreed to participate in a single debate against his opponent.


So far, anyway.

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We've got a call in to Andrew Wilder, a Flake spokesman, to find out why Flake -- who handily survived a bitter battle in the Republican primary against wealthy businessman Will Cardon -- doesn't seem eager to debate his opponent.

By comparison, a Carmona spokesman says that Carmona, a former President Bush-appointee, has accepted invitations to at least eight debates.


Perhaps Flake's hesitation comes from the race being so close? One of the latest polls reveals Carmona has a 5-point lead over Flake.

An earlier poll had the two in a statistical tie. But, would-be voters continue leaning toward Carmona.

One of the most recent debate dodges was highlighted in the Arizona Daily Star's political notebook, which noted that Flake "has turned down the Star's invitation to debate Democrat Richard Carmona."

Despite proposing six different dates in early October, the Star couldn't get Flake to agree to the debate at the Tohono O'odham Nation's Desert Diamond Casino near Tucson, according to the paper's political notebook.

For now, the only place to catch both U.S. Senate candidates will be on KAET's Horizon on October 10 from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Carmona, a candidate with a storied resume that ranges from high school dropout to vascular surgeon to U.S. Surgeon General, "believes Arizonans are entitled to hear directly from both him and Congressman Flake on their positions about their vision for Arizona," according to a statement released by the campaign.

Flake, an Arizona native, has represented Arizona's Sixth Congressional District since 2001.

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