Miller laments Murkowski debate schedule as inadequate

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has committed to participate in four debates and forums leading to the November general election, a slate that at least one of her rivals, Joe Miller, considers inadequate.

    The schedule released by the incumbent Republican includes a fisheries debate Oct. 12 in Kodiak; an Alaska Federation of Natives' candidate forum in Fairbanks Oct. 21; a debate on the Arctic in Barrow on Oct. 26 and a debate broadcast on public radio and TV on Nov. 3.

    Miller, who is running as a Libertarian, said the debate schedule agreed to by Murkowski isn't fair to voters trying to make an informed decision.

    Murkowski spokesman Robert Dillon says it was important to Murkowski to participate in events reflecting Alaska's geographic, economic and demographic diversity. He says these four events fit into her "hectic" campaign schedule.

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