With just three months until the general election, it's about time for the gubernatorial debate schedule to be set. So far, the Albuquerque Public Schools has agreed to host one on Aug. 19, and both candidates say they will be there.
Lt. Gov. Diane Denish says she wants more than that, though, and is proposing seven others.
"The stakes couldn’t be higher for New Mexico families in this election and voters deserve to hear how each candidate for Governor would address the challenges facing our state," Denish campaign manager Oren Shur said in a statement.
Denish's proposed schedule includes three T.V. debates and five others in communities around the state such as Las Cruces, Taos and Santa Fe.
Denish also wants three debates between Democrat Brian Colon and Republican John Sanchez.
Update, 10:38 am
I had asked the Martinez campaign if they had agreed to any other debates yet.
Below is the statement I got. The tone really sets up the tone for the debate, and reflects that of the campaign so far. (In Denish's orignal statement, she said “Most New Mexicans aren’t familiar with Susana Martinez and she’s been virtually silent on a wide range of issues that directly impact families like education and jobs. Debates are always a critical part of the electoral process and that’s particularly true in this campaign.”)
From Ryan Cangiolosi, Martinez campaign manager:
"We look forward to discussing the epic failures of the Richardson/Denish Administration that have led to higher unemployment and job loss, rampant waste, fraud and abuse, and unacceptably low graduation rates and performance levels in the classroom. We are pleased the Denish campaign agreed to participate in an education debate on the 19th of August and look forward to continuing our conversations with the Denish campaign as we schedule additional debates in the fall."