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Bielat, Kennedy Agree to Another TV Debate

Fox News will host the Oct. 24 debate between congressional candidates Joe Kennedy III and Sean Bielat.

One more television debate has been added to the schedule for the Mass. Fourth District race. 

Boston.com reports that Joseph Kennedy III has agreed to meet his opponent Sean Bielat one more time. The debate will be Oct. 24, on Fox 25. 

After congressional candidate Kennedy agreed to .

The first of the debates was broadcast Sept. 30, and took place at the  WCVB-TV 5 studios in Needham. Kennedy and Bielat are slated to face off in MassINC’s “American Dream” forum in Fall River tonight, Oct. 10, and at Wellesley College for a League of Women Voters debate on Oct. 15. 

In an  "I was very disappointed to see your press release today. Apparently, you have deemed that three debates are sufficient. You have insisted that none of the three be a live television or radio debate."

See the full story on Boston.com.

Bielat, who challenged Barney Frank for the congressional seat in 2010, will take questions from Patch readers on  here on Newton Patch. .

BFOLEY October 10, 2012 at 05:23 PM
There was a comment made in a Boston Globe letter to the Editor (from a Mansfield resident), that Joe's time is better spent out with the people, than participating in debates with his opponent, So I looked at Kennedy's website to see his scheduled appearences, and I thought it was a joke!!! He's on a whirlwind tour of his campaign offices. Stops planned through the week to bolster his volunteers. You gotta be kidding me. But, to get back to the comment I referenced, the writer was wrong on several points. Firstly; meeting the constituents and debating the opponent are not mutually exclusive activities. Candidates can do both, and in the case of Sean Bielat, can do both very well. Secondly, what better way to reach the entirety of your constituency at one time than to appear on television. If you really want people to meet you and get a sense for your position on issues, you grab as much on-air time as possible. It's clear, the Democratic candidate knows this visibility would be a huge liability to his candidacy. Sean Bielat understands that his own qualifications and poistion on issues are an asset. He's very willing to appear in a debate setting. Bielat also has the time to meet and greet people in the district constantly. The Globe opinion was weak, and the Kennedy candidacy is even weaker.

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