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Pompeo challenges Tiahrt to series of debates before primary

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at 1:32 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 9:46 a.m.

Incumbent 4th District Congressman Mike Pompeo is challenging his challenger to a series of debates.

Pompeo wants to meet his opponent, Todd Tiahrt, in five debates between now and the Aug. 5 Republican primary election.

“The people of the 4th District deserve the chance to hear directly from both Todd and me,” Pompeo said in a written statement released Tuesday by his campaign.

Pompeo said the debates would give voters a chance to “thoroughly examine the record and vision of both candidates." The statement did not specify dates or locations for the debates.

Robert Noland, Tiahrt’s campaign manager, said Tiahrt already is scheduled to appear at a candidate forum in Newton on June 17 sponsored by the Harvey County Republican Party, and that there will be many other candidate forums and debates before the primary.

“It is too bad that our congressman has waited this long to ask for the opportunity to talk to his constituents,” Noland said in an email to The Eagle.

Tiahrt is trying to regain the seat he held for 16 years. He left the House in 2010 to run for the U.S. Senate, but lost to Jerry Moran. Pompeo replaced him in the 4th District.

Reach Fred Mann at 316-268-6310 or fmann@wichitaeagle.com.

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