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Young Says Hill Campaign Should Respond Soon On Debate Schedule

Representatives from Baron Hill's campaign say they are in the process of deciding whether to accept Todd Young's offer to hold as many as seven debates.

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A bumper sticker endorses Todd Young's run to unseat Baron Hill in Indiana's 9th District.

Representatives from Baron Hill’s campaign say they are in the process of deciding whether to accept Todd Young’s offer to hold as many as seven debates across the 9th District in advance of November’s election. However, Hill spokesman Daniel Altman — who declined a taped interview — could not provide a time line for making a decision, saying only the campaign was in the process of scheduling debates. For his part, Young says he doesn’t want debates, so much as town hall conversations with constituents, in hopes of raising the public profile of the election and building what he calls “unity” with Hill’s campaign.

“I think by talking about the issues, having a respectful conversation about the issues in front of voters, there can be this sort of unity,” Young said.

Young says his campaign will offer Hill a short time to respond before scheduling its own town hall meetings, absent the incumbent.

“We’ll give them a brief opportunity to respond in kind,” Young said. “But if not, we will continue to go out independent of Congressman Hill and hold these in-person, non-scripted forums directly with voters.”

In 2008, Hill and then-challenger Mike Sodrel could agree to only one debate.