Barnes agrees to take part in WBA debate with Johnson next month

MADISON, Wis. — U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes has now agreed to take part in a debate against incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson hosted by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.

Barnes’ campaign made the announcement Friday afternoon. He had previously only agreed to participate in two debates — one hosted by Milwaukee NBC affiliate WTMJ-TV and a forum hosted by the Wisconsin Farmers Union.

Johnson, meanwhile, agreed last week to take part in both the WBA and WTMJ debates, as well as one with Milwaukee ABC affiliate WISN-TV.

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“While Ron Johnson still refuses to take questions from farmers and small business owners in his own backyard that have been harmed by his out of touch agenda, Mandela Barnes looks forward to showing up on the debate stage to hold Ron Johnson accountable for his dangerous views on abortion, record of enriching himself at the expense of working people, and attacks on Social Security and Medicare,” Barnes’ campaign manager Kory Kozloski said in a statement Friday.

The WBA debate is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 7, while the WTMJ debate is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Oct. 13.