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Hours after Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito found out they were facing off in the November election for U.S. Senate, they were challenging each other.

Capito has now accepted Tennant's offer to debate on Oct. 7.

“Voters deserve to hear from all the candidates running for the U.S. Senate this year,” Capito said. “I welcome the chance to debate the issues that matter most to West Virginians, and the opportunity to discuss my proven record of fighting for West Virginia families versus Natalie Tennant's record of defending President Obama and his job-killing, anti-coal policies.”

Capito has requested that all four U.S. Senate candidates who have qualified for the ballot be able to participate in the debate. In both 2010 and 2012, all the qualified candidates participated in the one debate each year between the candidates for U.S. Senate.

Tennant does not dispute that, saying she just wants to talk about the “real issues.”

“I am glad to see Congresswoman Capito has finally accepted my challenge to debate and give West Virginians the opportunity they deserve to compare our very different records and visions for West Virginia,” Tennant said. “Make no mistake, Washington politicians aren't on the ballot, this race is about West Virginia. And I'll gladly put my record giving $3 million back to taxpayers and cutting fees for small businesses up against Congresswoman Capito's record giving bonuses to Wall Street CEO's and raising fees on small businesses to boost profits for credit card companies.”

Capito has always debated in her competitive races for Congress. In 2006 and 2008, she was the only incumbent candidate running for federal office to do so. Tennant on the other hand has never debated in a general election – even refusing a debate challenge in her 2008 race for Secretary of State.

The Oct. 7 debate will take place at 7 p.m. 

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