Aug 31, 2010 4:02 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Democrat Charlie Melancon is pressing
Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter to agree to a series of five
debates around Louisiana before the November election.
Melancon says he sent a letter to Vitter on Tuesday requesting
the town hall-style forums, without pre-screened questions.
No word yet from Vitter's campaign whether the incumbent senator
Melancon, a congressman from Napoleonville, and 10 other
candidates are challenging Vitter in the Nov. 2 general election.
Vitter is seeking a second term.
The number of debates was chosen, Melancon says, based on a
similar number of debates from the 2004 election in which Vitter
won the seat.