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Rep. King challenges Christie Vilsack to debates

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Iowa Congressman Steve King is breaking away from his tradition of not debating his opponents before the election.

After years of refusing to debate his opponents, the Republican has issued a challenge to debate Democratic challenger Christie Vilsack in a series of matches across Iowa's new 4th congressional district.

King told KTIV that he's willing to debate Vilsack because she is a viable candidate and has raised the money that makes debating worthwhile.

"She's traveled around the district extensively and presented herself legitimately as a candidate.  So, therefore, she's met the criteria that I set up throughout those last cycles.  That would be important then for me to issue the invitation," said Rep. Steve King, (R)-Iowa.

King says the public has also been clamoring for these debates for a while and he says it'll be a great opportunity for them to learn where both candidates stand on the issues.

In response to Congressman King's debate challenge tonight, Christie Vilsack's campaign manager released a statement, calling King's debate offer refreshing.

The statement from Jessica Vanden Berg says, "We look forward to debating Steve King and will consider his proposal. Christie continues to run a strong campaign that's focused on taking Iowa values and putting them to work in Washington."

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