Katie Britt and Mo Brooks have agreed to a Senate debate and are urging Mike Durant to participate

Katie Britt and Mo Brooks have agreed to a Senate debate and are urging Mike Durant to participate ...

Both Katie Britt and Mo Brooks have said that they would participate in a Senate debate that will be broadcast across the United States.

Mike Durant hasn't said if he will participate, and his opponents are calling him out.

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At a campaign town hall meeting in Huntsville, Mike Durant demonstrates the utility of a snail.

Brooks said at the same meeting that "I think Mike Durant would be chastised in a debate if somebody asked him a tough question. He would be like a deer in the headlights."

Durant, a business executive from Huntsville and former Army aviator who was shot down and taken prisoner in Somalia in 1993, was the leader last month in an attempt to beat Britt at 23% and Brooks at 12%. However, 26% of respondents were asked to take part in the poll, leaving a pool of voters to swing the race in whatever direction.

No candidate is expected to win more than 50% of the vote, which would result in a runoff between the top two vote-getters on June 21.

Rep. Mo Brooks, a US Senate campaign town hall in Huntsville on April 11, 2022. (Paul Gattis | pgattis@al.com)

Britt, the former president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, spoke to the Hartselle Rotary Club on Tuesday. He said his reticence to debate is a reflection of a candidate's work ethic and a lack of concern for voters.

Britt said: "I want to earn your vote, and I believe you're worth working for." If they aren't going to work for you right now, you better believe they will not work for you when they get to Washington.

Durant was spelled out by Britt by saying that he and Brooks have been together for six Senate meetings throughout the campaign, while Durant has only attended one. The Britt campaign said that the only forum Durant had was five months ago in November.

Britt said: "We have done a Senate forum following the Senate forum." "And I have to give it to Congressman Brooks. He's been at every one of them with me. The other candidate (Durant) came to one and then hasn't been to the last five."

The Britt campaign said it had been canceled a Senate forum in Baldwin County this week because Durant would not attend.

This week, the Durant campaign did not respond to a request for input regarding their candidates' participation in a debate.

"And that's because I believe the people in Alabama are worth it." I think if you have candidates that aren't willing to travel the country, who listen to people, and learn about our challenges and opportunities, they will not do that once they've been elected. So being able to stand on the stage with other candidates and to share our vision, and to express our desire, I believe it is vital. And it's not that every candidate has.

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