U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine’s 2nd District has agreed to a third debate in his re-election race with Democrat Emily Cain to be taped on Monday and aired Tuesday on Maine Public.
It was one of the debates that the Republican originally declined when he set his debate schedule in September. Cain, a former state senator from Orono, said then that Poliquin was dodging questions on his record in the nationally targeted race that has seen $11 million in campaign fundraising and outside spending.
But Poliquin spokesman Michael Byerly, said Monday that “we felt it was the right thing to do” to have a debate aired statewide on both TV and radio. The other two debates will be Wednesday on WAGM, a Presque Isle CBS affiliate, and Oct. 26 on WCSH and WLBZ, the Portland and Bangor NBC affiliates.
Today’s debate from Maine Public — the new name of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network — is being taped on Monday. Keith Shortall, Maine Public’s news director, said the current plan is to air it on Tuesday night.