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No 9th District debate scheduled, yet

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

There are three presidential debates scheduled in the coming weeks between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the first one set for Oct. 3 on FOX13 News.

But in the midst of election season, southwest Tennessean will not see a debate between U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen (D-Memphis) and Republican challenger Dr. George Flinn, Jr., in the 9th Congressional District race.

It's doubtful it will happen, but Dr. Flinn is welcoming a televised face-off with Rep. Cohen.

Dr. Flinn said The University of Memphis Law School and one neighborhood association have offered to be sponsors of a possible debate but the Cohen campaign won't commit.

"Downtown association has wanted to do a debate," Dr. Flinn said. "They gave us 10 days. We said we are available any of the 10 days, and Congressman Cohen's office says he's tied up for all of those 10 days."

"If we could schedule it, it's going to be difficult because our schedule is pretty full," Rep. Cohen resounded.   "We have my eight events which are pretty plentiful. The president has asked me to stay available or his team has asked me stay available to campaign for him."

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