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Santorum Begs for Debates

Wow. This is embarrassing.

Usually it's the long-shot challenger who has to hound the aloof incumbent for debates. But, down by 52-34, Santorum is the one who's started a Web petition to get Bob Casey to debate him:

I am troubled that Sen. Rick Santorum's likely opponent refuses to speak directly to the voters of Pennsylvania through a series of debates. He appears to be delaying this opportunity to debate Rick Santorum and his primary opponents simply to avoid having to confront the issues and take positions.

On the other hand, Sen. Santorum continues to be outspoken about his beliefs and accomplishments, ensuring this campaign is based on substance, not rhetoric. The intensity of the 2006 campaign for U.S. Senate is escalating, and Pennsylvania voters deserve the opportunity to make an informed decision on Election Day.

I agree with Rick Santorum that discussing the issues in an open and honest forum will serve the citizens of Pennsylvania well. Bob Casey, Jr. should accept Sen. Rick Santorum's challenge immediately and agree to ten debates between now and Election Day.

Sign this petition and then ask others to join you.

It will be a healthy day for the Republican Party -- and America -- when Santorum is sent packing.