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Gov. Walker, Mary Burke agree on 2 debates; Burke signs up for 3rd

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker will take part in two debates with his Democratic challenger Mary Burke -- but not a third one that's also planned for mid-October.

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association says it will sponsor debates with both candidates October 10th in the Eau Claire-La Crosse region, and October 17th in Metro Milwaukee. Both those are on Friday nights.

Walker's camp says it will not participate in a debate on Thursday, October 16th. Burke has committed to that forum, to be held at UW-Stevens Point. It's sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television and Radio, the Journal Sentinel, and Milwaukee's WTMJ-TV.

The Republican Walker does not plan to attend that one. Sponsors said Burke would still get an hour on public TV that day, so voters are not penalized just because one candidate refuses to take part.

Either way, the numbers of debates are in line with the recent past.  

Walker and Democrat Tom Barrett debated twice in the 2012 recall election, and three times in 2010.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)