The newly chosen Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Virginia, Daniel Gade, has challenged incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner to five debates.

Last week, prior to the June 23 statewide GOP primary that overwhelming selected Gade, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, Warner challenged the chosen nominee to three debates prior to the Nov. 3 General Election.

Gade requested the debates will held across Virginia including Southwest, Tidewater, Richmond, Southside, and Northern VA.

“Virginians deserve to hear the difference between Mark Warner’s do-nothing career and a fighter who can actually get things done in the Senate for Virginians,” he said in a statement on Monday. “I am thrilled to challenge Warner to these 5 debates that will cover real issues such as affordable healthcare, quality education, well-paying jobs, individual liberty and much more. As a warfighter and a professor, I look forward to debating Warner on the battlefield of ideas.”

The campaigns are in negotiations on details.

Gade was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts in his more than 25-year military career. He is West Point graduate and professor and resides in Alexandria with his wife, Wendy, and their three children.

In Culpeper County, Gade earned 64 percent of the vote on Primary Day against two GOP opponents.

“Everybody in Virginia deserves to see their senate candidates duking it out on stage,” he said in a post Monday. “I spent some time in combat, I’m a war fighter ready to fight in the policy stage just like I did in the battlefield.”

Gade said he would debate Warner anytime, anywhere and as many times as he possibly can.

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David Reuther

Republican candidate Gade's willingness to debate Senator Warner may be a sign of desperation on the part of Republicans. They believed they had Virginia sewn up in recent years. Dave Brat refused to to debate Abigail Spanberger in the 2018 race until forced to one debate in the less populated north end of the district. Although Republicans tend to seek candidates with military service, the Trump administration has undercut the military in recent years. Money for housing and service needs was taken from the Defense budget to pay for 30-miles of fencing on the border. The Administration has been caustically critical of military veterans like John McCain, and gold star families and the Veterans Administration continues to have problems. Now it appears the administration will not respond to information that Russia put a bounty on American soldiers in Afghanistan. Gade will have a problem justifying the Administration's silence.

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