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Forum staff reports, Published September 20 2010

First U.S. House debate set for Oct. 4

After months of arguing, North Dakota’s two candidates for U.S. House have finally agreed on a time and place to hold a debate.

Republican Rick Berg and Democratic-NPL incumbent Rep. Earl Pomeroy will participate in a taped debate with Prairie Public Broadcasting at 7 p.m. Oct. 4.

The pair had been sparring over the issue for weeks, accusing the other of ducking the opportunity to debate his opponent. Pomeroy had wanted to debate during the congressional break in August, when Berg said his schedule was full until mid-September. Berg then offered 29 dates to debate between Sept. 29 and Oct. 30.

Berg’s campaign said in early September they’d accepted the Prairie Public debate and were waiting to hear back from Pomeroy’s campaign. Pomeroy’s congressional schedule in the weeks leading up to the election is now more concrete, Pomeroy campaign spokesman Brenden Timpe said Monday afternoon.