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Challenger: McIntyre "chicken" on debating

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Republican congressional candidate Will Breazeale used a chicken to get his opponent's goat Thursday. Breazeale wants incumbent Mike McIntyre to debate him, but he says McIntyre is chicken. So someone dressed up in a chicken suit outside McIntyre's Wilmington office yesterday, where Breazeale held a press conference. Congressman McIntyre told NewsChannel 3's Kevin Wuzzardo just last month that he is "open" to the idea of debating Breazeale, including the possibility of debating on WWAY. But a call to McIntyre's Chief of Staff Dean Mitchell to clear up the issue yesterday was returned with an e-mail to Kevin from the Congressman's reelection campaign chair David F. Branch, Jr., that said, "On behalf of the Committee to Reelect Congressman McIntyre, Congressman McIntyre has no plans to debate his opponent." Today the Congressman confirmed to NewsChannel 3 he will not debate Breazeale under any circumstances. "We are always willing to discuss the issues," McIntyre said. "We are already out in the community doing that. We're not going to wait for a debate or forum to do it." The Congressman also said he will not take part in a candidate forum scheduled for September and cosponsored by WWAY, because Congress will be in session. Breazeale has said he will debate McIntyre "any time."

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