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Rep. Shuster declines debate invitation

September 25, 2008

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate John McCain isn't the only one citing the economic crisis as a reason to delay debate plans.

Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster of Hollidaysburg is declining an invitation to debate Democratic candidate Tony Barr. The event is scheduled Oct. 12 by the League of Women Voters of Indiana County.

Shuster's spokesman, Jeff Urbanchuk, says Congress may need to be dealing with emergency legislation. He says the campaign will look for a debate time after emerging from the crisis.

Barr argues that the financial crisis is all the more reason to hold a debate and discuss appropriate actions.

McCain cited the financial crisis in calling for a delay in Friday's scheduled debate with Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Obama says voters need to hear the candidates' views now more than ever.

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