Ned Lamont won’t participate in an upcoming debate, or will he? That’s the question voters will be able to ponder after they watch “Face the State” this Sunday.
WFSB is pairing with WNPR and CPTV to broadcast two gubernatorial debates, one for the Republicans and one for the Democrats. Tom Foley, Oz Griebel, Michael Fedele, and Dan Malloy all accepted our invitations. Ned Lamont declined.
However, during a taping of Face the State tonight, Lamont suggested he was open to changing his mind. First he repeated his decision not to debate and then we talked about how his refusal to debate was becoming a part of the news cycle. He has been criticized by various newspapers including the Courant, Journal Inquirer and New London Day for his decision. After talking about the benefits of a debate, and after pressing Lamont on his reasoning for not accepting our invitation, the frontrunner in the polls said “I won’t rule it out.” Viewers who watch “Face” this weekend will clearly see Lamont leaving the door open to debating Malloy.
But immediately after the taping, Lamont’s spokesperson Justine Sessions slammed that door shut, and told us he would not take part in the debate, despite what her candidate said on television minutes before.
Tune in this Sunday at 11 for “Face the State” to watch Lamont talk about the debate issue. We also talked about illegal immigration, the deficit, unions, and more.
Also on the show this weekend: Attorney General and senate candidate Richard Blumenthal. I’ll have a preview on that later.