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GOP U.S. Senate candidates will debate Friday

February 27, 2010 |  8:09 pm

The three Republican U.S. Senate candidates will debate for the first time Friday on Sacramento radio host Eric Hogue's show.

The topics will be national security, terrorism and foreign policy, which is notable because one of the candidates, former Congressman Tom Campbell, came under fire this week for his record on Israel.

Carly Fiorina's campaign manager Marty Wilson was accused of calling Campbell an anti-Semite, a charge he denied.

Campbell and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore agreed yesterday to debate for two hours Tuesday or Wednesday, but Fiorina needed time to work out her schedule. Her campaign agreed Saturday evening to an hourlong debate Friday from noon to 1 p.m.

Fiorina will be participating by phone; Campbell and DeVore will be in the studio.

The debate will take place on "The Capital Hour" with Hogue on KTKZ-AM 1380. Voters will be able to listen live online at ktkz.com but will not be able to call in with questions, as originally planned, according to debate rules agreed to by the candidates.

The debate marks a victory for Campbell and Devore, who have been pressing multimillionaire businesswoman Fiorina to debate at the state Republican Party convention. Previously, she had agreed to a debate hosted by KABC and the League of Women Voters.

-- Seema Mehta

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