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Station gives Pearce free air time after Teague declines debate

Steve Pearce

Republican 2nd Congressional District candidate Steve Pearce will get 30 minutes of free air time on KOB-TV in Albuquerque after his Democratic opponent, Harry Teague, declined an invitation to debate.

The candidates were invited to debate “well over a month ago,” KOB’s Tom Joles reported Thursday evening. Week before last, Teague’s campaign said he could not commit “because of his very busy debate schedule,” Joles said.

“To be fair, we are still giving his opponent Steve Pearce a half hour to address the issues,” Joles said, adding that the Teague campaign wrote in an e-mail that, “in the spirit of fairness,” it understands the decision.

The invitation to debate remains open, Joles said. The station plans to air the Pearce segment later this month.

Here’s the KOB report. You’ll have to scroll to about 50 seconds in this video to see it:

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