Topeka The debate over the lack of debates in the governor’s race continued on Tuesday.
Democrat Tom Holland, a state senator from Baldwin City, has been calling on Brownback, a U.S. senator, to participate in more forums before the Nov. 2 election.
On Tuesday, Brownback announced that he will participate in a live televised debate with Holland next week in Wichita.
The debate will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 7 on KWCH Channel 12 and will be offered to networks in Topeka and Kansas City. The Libertarian and Reform Party candidates also have been invited to the forum.
Also on Tuesday, Holland announced he has declined to debate Brownback in one forum put on by a conservative radio talk show.
In declining the WIBW radio debate, Holland's campaign spokesman Seth Bundy noted that WIBW radio had already hosted the one debate Holland and Brownback have had — at the Kansas State Fair on Sept. 11.
“To us, it didn't make sense to go back on the same AM radio station that already sponsored a debate, hosted by less than neutral hosts, in the middle of the day when a majority of voters aren't able to tune in,” Bundy said.
In addition to the Wichita debate, the Holland campaign said he has accepted invitations to two more debates, one by KSNT television in Topeka and the other at Smoky Hills Public Television in Bunker Hill, Kan. But Brownback hasn’t accepted those.
Holland's campaign manager, Dana Houle, said that when Brownback ran for the Republican nomination for president he participated in nine televised debates in California, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Iowa, Florida, Maryland, Michigan and Washington, D.C.
Brownback’s campaign said he is busy fulfilling his promise to visit all 105 counties in Kansas. The campaign said the Senate’s early recess allowed Brownback to schedule the Oct. 7 debate.