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Hatch Criticizes Gov. On Limited Debate Plan

DES MOINES, IA (AP) -- Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch is criticizing Gov. Terry Branstad for refusing to negotiate the number, location, and details for a series of debates.

Hatch, a Democratic state senator from Des Moines, says Branstad has said he'll do three debates with Hatch and won't negotiate further.

Hatch says the take-it-or-leave-it attitude cheats Iowans opportunities to see the candidates face to face.

The scheduled debates are Aug. 14 in Des Moines, Sept. 20 in Burlington and Oct. 14 in Sioux City. Hatch says he's hoping to arrange additional debates.

Branstad's campaign spokesman Tommy Schultz says the campaign is excited to participate in three debates -- the same number held in 2010 -- and we will not respond further to Hatch, which he says is desperate and struggling.

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