Columbus | FitzGerald wants 11 debates with Gov. Kasich

COLUMBUS -- Democratic Challenger Ed FitzGerald is challenging Governor John Kasich to 11 debates in cities all around the state.

FitzGerald announced he's accepted six invitations to debate Kasich.

The events, if held, would be in:

Columbus - Hosted by the AARP and NBC affiliates.

Zanesville -- Hosted by The Zanesville Times Recorder and the local branch of the American Association of University Women.

Cleveland -- The traditional City Club debate,.

Sandusky -- Hosted by the Sandusky Register, Bowling Green State University, Firelands College and Serving our Seniors.

Columbus -- Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Ohio, The Sinclair Media Group and ABC-6.

Cincinnati -- Hosted by the Cincinnatus Association, The University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce.

FitzGerald also is seeking debates in Youngstown, Lima, Dayton, Toledo and Marietta.

FitzGerald campaign manager Nick Buis said, "Just as Governor Kasich has moved the location of the State of the State address each year so that people across Ohio may have an opportunity to attend, we feel it's important to give as many Ohioans as possible the opportunity to attend a gubernatorial debate."

No debates have been locked in.

Kasich Campaign spokeswoman Connie Wehrkamp is saying Kasich's team will not negotiate for debates in public.

Realistically,chances of 11 debates are, at best, slim and none .

There is little incentive for Kasich to agree to let FitzGerald share a stage with him in multiple debates.

FitzGerald is still trying to tell Ohioans about himself and his agenda.

And Kasich's big fundraising advantage gives him the upper hand in buying time on the airwaves.

Challenger Kasich debated Governor Ted Strickland twice in 2010.


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