Democratic candidate Shenna Bellows is proposing to debate Republican Sen. Susan Collins 10 times during their race for the U.S. Senate seat Collins now holds.
Bellows, the former head of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine said in a letter to Collins Thursday that voters would benefit from 10 debates - the same number Republican Collins and Democratic Congressman Tom Allen held during the 2008 campaign.
Bellows says that "voter confidence in Congress is at a near-record low'' and that Mainers need to hear directly from the candidates, "unfiltered by spin.''
Collins spokesman Lance Dutson responded that her team looks forward to the campaign, including debates, to begin "in earnest this fall.''
In a letter to Bellows, he said debates must be planned around Collins' Senate schedule, and should be held throughout the state.