Analysis: Mo. congress candidates debate debates

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Several Missouri congressional campaigns have been discussing how to debate before the November general election. Republican Ed Martin in St. Louis has scheduled his own forums to debate U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan.

Republican Vicky Hartzler has written letters urging Congressman Ike Skelton to attend Friday forums. And in southwestern Missouri, Democrat Scott Eckersley has accused Republican opponent Billy Long of backing out of debates.

Long's campaign accuses Eckersley of not returning phone calls to set up the details. The debate over debates is relatively common in politics as campaigns struggle for attention. Challengers frequently seek as many forums as possible, and the incumbent or candidate believed to be winning tends to limit the exchanges.

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