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Duckworth Wants at Least Four Debates With Walsh




    Just days after the election, it's clear the November contest between Tammy Duckworth and Rep. Joe Walsh is off and running.

    "This will probably be the most high-profile Congressional race in the country," Walsh, a Tea Party favorite, predicted Thursday from Washington.

    In that regard, Duckworth campaign manager Kaitlin Fahey said the Democrat looks forward to debating Walsh as many as four times before voters go to the polls Nov. 6.

    Duckworth contends she's a better fit for the people for the district, which covers many of Chicago's northwest suburbs.

    "Talk about all the people who voted for Joe Walsh who then turn around and say, 'He didn't go to Washington to serve his constituency. He went to Washington to be a poster child for the Tea Party," she said.

    Walsh said his only goal in going to Washington was to focus on how to tackle the federal debt.

    "Tammy, what are you going to do about that?" Walsh said in a televised interview, calling his opponent by name. "If you want to spend the next eight month name-calling, go ahead and do it, Tammy. But tell me how you're going to get the country moving again."