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Vermont Governor's Challenger Calls on Shumlin for Debates

Vermont's Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock says Governor Peter Shumlin is avoiding debates before groups that could be hostile to some of his positions.

Brock made the comments Tuesday after Shumlin said he wouldn't be participating in any debates this campaign season sponsored by what he calls special interest groups.

But Shumlin said he was eager to take part in "five or six" debates sponsored by news organizations after he formally announces his candidacy next week. Shumlin says he has to balance the need to debate with his need to run the state.

Brock says Vermont voters should be able to hear from the candidates in a variety of forums and he plans to participate in debates before a variety of groups, even if he's the only one there.

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