Two Senate hopefuls to debate; Specter declines invite

    A debate Sunday will pit two senate hopefuls in Pennsylvania against each other, and also against the incumbent, who’s sitting out the event.

    A debate Sunday will pit two senate hopefuls in Pennsylvania against each other, and also against the incumbent, who’s sitting out the event.

    Congressman Joe Sestak, a Democrat, will debate Republican Pat Toomey at La Salle University tonight at 7:30.

    Muhlenberg College Pollster Chris Borick says both challengers want as much public visibility as possible to combat Democratic Senator Arlen Specter’s high profile.

    “What it does is give Pat Toomey, who is not in a very tight race, a chance to take a little of the spotlight, and to make his point again on why he’s going to be a better candidate than Arlen Specter.”

    Senator Specter was invited to attend the debate, but declined the offer. Borick says that’s likely because Specter, who leads Sestak in recent polls, has little to gain and much to lose from debating his rivals.

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