Lieutenant governor’s debate scheduled for Oct. 6
Republican Jeff Bartos and Democrat John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s nominees for lieutenant governor, will debate one another Oct. 6, Bartos’ campaign announced Friday.
The debate is scheduled to air at 7:30 p.m. on Pittsburgh’s WPXI-TV after it is taped earlier in the afternoon, according to the announcement.
Fetterman, the Braddock mayor, is running with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. Bartos, a suburban Philadelphia businessman, is running with Republican gubernatorial nominee and former state Sen. Scott Wagner.
“I look forward to this opportunity to share the Wagner-Bartos vision to lower taxes, grow the economy and improve our education system with the people of Pennsylvania,” Bartos said in the announcement.
Fetterman’s campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Wolf has agreed to one debate with Wagner before the Nov. 6 election. The Oct. 1 debate will be moderated by “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek.
When Wolf ran against former Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, the candidates participated in three debates. When a WTAE-TV reporter asked Wolf on Thursday about this year’s lone debate, Wolf cited a “packed” schedule in saying he wouldn’t dedicate time to more debates.
Wagner called Wolf a “gutless coward” in response.
Wes Venteicher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Wes at 412-380-5676, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @wesventeicher.