Republican Tom Foley’s campaign has been unable to come to terms with NBC Connecticut regarding an Oct. 23 debate against Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and third-party candidate Joe Visconti.
“We were not able to come to an agreement on terms with NBC 30,” Mark McNulty, a Foley campaign spokesman, said Wednesday. He declined to elaborate.
Asked about the debate negotiations, Matt Piacente, the station’s vice president of news, said only that “We are planning on having our forum on the 23rd. We’ve invited the candidates to attend and look forward to it.”
It’s one of two debates where Visconti will be included. Malloy’s campaign jumped on the news that Foley may not appear at the NBC Connecticut debate and concluded he must be withdrawing because Visconti will be included.
“Perhaps he forgot his Face the State appearance where he said Visconti should be included in debates,” Mark Bergman, a spokesman for Malloy’s campaign, said.
McNulty pointed out that Foley will end up debating Visconti and Malloy at The Day/CPTV debate in New London on Oct. 16.
Foley declined earlier this month not to participate in debates sponsored by the CT Mirror, another sponsored by the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and News 12, and a forum sponsored by the CT Tourism Action Committee.
The next debate between Malloy and Foley will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in Storrs.
The debate schedule is as follows:
HARTFORD COURANT, FOX CT & UConn will host a live televised debate on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at UConn’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts in Storrs. More information
CT BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION will host a debate on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 4 p.m. at the Hartford Hilton, 315 Trumbull Street, Hartford. More information
THE DAY, CPTV & WNPR will host a debate on Thursday, October 16 at 7 p.m. at the Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street, New London.
NBC CONNECTICUT will host a debate on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at their studio in West Hartford.
WTNH 8 will host the final debate on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 8 a.m. at their studio in New Haven.