Democratic Senate Candidate Wants Six Ohio Primary Debates

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CINCINNATI (AP) – A Cincinnati city councilman running for U.S. Senate proposes six debates around Ohio with his Democratic opponent.

P.G. Sittenfeld says he and former Gov. Ted Strickland should have issue-oriented sessions to engage, excite and inform voters. He also says the two can use social media to reach more people in “a new kind of debate for a new era in politics.”

The 30-year-old councilman has rejected suggestions Democrats should unite behind Strickland, a former congressman, in their quest to unseat Republican Sen. Rob Portman. Sittenfeld says Democrats should have a choice and that new leadership is needed in Washington.

A Strickland spokesman says Sittenfeld hadn’t contacted Strickland about the proposal made Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Don Elijah Eckhart of the Columbus area says he plans to challenge Portman in the GOP primary.