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VOL. 129 | NO. 188 | Friday, September 26, 2014

Ball Challenges Alexander to US Senate Debates

ERIK SCHELZIG | Associated Press

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Democratic Senate candidate Gordon Ball is criticizing incumbent Republican Lamar Alexander for refusing to participate in debates that would highlight differences on issues including abortion, education and guns.

At a press conference on the steps of the state Capitol in Nashville on Thursday, Ball noted that Alexander had found time to visit Vanderbilt University earlier in the week to discuss the Ebola virus in Africa, but has declined to make time to discuss matters more pressing to Tennesseans.

Ball said he opposes a proposed constitutional amendment to give the Legislature more power to regulate abortions.

Alexander spokesman Brian Reisinger noted that the candidates are scheduled to make a joint appearance at a Farm Bureau forum in Cookeville on Oct. 16, and called Ball "disrespectful" of the group for downplaying the event.

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