HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's gubernatorial candidates may not see eye to eye on many things, but they agreed Wednesday to participate in three debates heading into the Nov. 4 election.
The debates between Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf will be held between late September and early October in the Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh media markets, the campaigns said.
The opening debate will be at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry dinner in Hershey on Sept. 22, which is expected to draw about 1,600 business leaders, state officials and guests. The Pennsylvania Cable Network plans to provide live coverage.
The second event, on the morning of Oct. 1, will be a "Breakfast with the Candidates" program aired live from the Philadelphia studios of KYW Newsradio.
Steve Butler, the station's vice president for radio news programming, described the format as a conversation between the candidates and one or more interviewers.
The last debate will be a week later, on the evening of Oct. 8, at WTAE-TV in Wilkinsburg, near Pittsburgh. It will be co-hosted by the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters.
The dates, locations and formats of the selected events were winnowed out from more than two dozen invitations during three weeks of negotiations between Corbett campaign manager Mike Barley and his Wolf campaign counterpart, Joe Shafer.
Both sides said the talks were congenial and productive.
"It was very smooth from our side," said Wolf campaign spokesman Mark Nicastre. "We were able to have a good open discussion with the Corbett campaign."
Barley said the Corbett camp achieved its goal of holding a debate in each of the state's three largest media markets.
"I think we worked well together," he said.