Andrea Zopp, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. senate seat currently held by Sen. Mark Kirk, accused opponent Tammy Duckworth on Wednesday of “ducking" debates and being "noticeably absent from the campaign trail."
Zopp's campaign manager said Duckworth only plans to participate in one televised debate, whereas Zopp is working with a variety of outlets to schedule up to five debates.
Regarding this issue, Duckworth's campaign manager said in a statement on Tuesday, "we look forward to sharing a platform with our fellow candidates and to spirited debates."
Those debates, Duckworth's camp said, include the Chicago Tribune editorial board, the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board and the League of Women Voters of Illinois Debate.
Zopp's campaign further claims, though, that Duckworth has dodged voters' questions on some issues, even avoiding talking to the press and voters "at all costs."
“Congresswoman Duckworth continues to avoid actually talking to voters and avoid answering questions on the issues facing our state and nation,” Zopp's camp said in a statement.
In response to Zopp's statesment, Duckworth's spokesman Matt McGrath told Ward Room, "it's disappointing, but we look forward to these three debates."