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Haslam Agrees to Three Debates

Statement from the Haslam for Governor Campaign, Aug. 11, 2010:

Debates to Occur in Each of Tennessee’s Three Grand Divisions

NASHVILLE – Knoxville Mayor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam announced his commitment to three televised debates – one in each of the state’s three Grand Divisions – during the General Election campaign.

Haslam will appear:

* Sept. 14, sponsored by The Highlands, Tennessee Tech University, the Tennessee League of Women Voters and WTVF NewsChannel5

* Oct. 7, sponsored by WBIR and UT Knoxville’s Howard J. Baker Center for Public Policy

* and Oct. 9, sponsored by WREG, the Memphis Commercial Appeal and Impact Memphis.

Haslam will spend other campaign time out meeting Tennesseans where they live, work and play.

The last debate is days before early voting begins Oct. 13, and the three debates provide voters the opportunity to compare and contrast Haslam’s experience creating jobs, managing budgets and shrinking government to that of his unproven opponent.

Haslam and his opponent have appeared together numerous times in forums, debates and other appearances during the primary, and voters are already gravitating toward Haslam and his experience and leadership during difficult times.

An independent survey released today by Rasmussen Reports showed likely voters giving Haslam 56 percent of the vote to Democrat Mike McWherter’s 31 percent, a 25-point deficit for McWherter after his nearly two-week, $500,000 ad buy during the first part of this month.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunities provided by these debates to present my case to Tennessee voters,” Haslam said. “These three televised debates will provide voters excellent opportunities to determine how I would govern if given the chance.”

“We’re confident these three debates will show Tennessee voters that Bill Haslam is the only candidate left in this race with the proven record of job creation, budget management, education improvement and shrinking state government,” said Mark Cate, Campaign Manager.

Mayor Haslam is the two-term Republican Mayor of Knoxville, reelected in 2007 with 87 percent of the vote. A hardworking public servant, Haslam led Knoxville to become one of the top ten metropolitan areas for business and expansion, while reducing the city’s debt, tripling the rainy day fund, reducing the number of city employees to the lowest amount in 15 years and bringing property taxes to the lowest rate in 50 years. An executive leader with a proven record of success, he helped grow his family’s small business from 800 employees into one of Tennessee’s largest companies with 14,000 employees. For more information on Bill Haslam, please visit

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