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Wagner Floats 67-County Debate Tour; But Wolf Isn't Biting

Chris Knight
Scott Wagner, Republican gubernatorial nominee in Pennsylvania, answers questions from a panel during a debate between Republican Gubernatorial candidates on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner says he wants Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to join him in a town hall-format appearance in each of Pennsylvania's 67 counties before the November election, although Wolf's campaign is dismissing it as a "political gimmick."

Wagner's campaign floated the idea Tuesday, and says it would allow the candidates to break away from rehearsed campaign-trail answers.

Wolf's campaign says the governor is already traveling around the state meeting with people. It also cited criticism of Wagner for rejecting invitations to forums during the three-way Republican primary campaign, although Wagner participated in at least eight televised forums and debates.

Wolf heads into the fall campaign with a huge fundraising advantage over Wagner. He's seeking a second four-year term. The campaigns otherwise haven't discussed a debate schedule.