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August 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

As campaign begins, McGinn appears ready to debate

The general election campaign between Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and state Sen. Ed Murray is under way, and mayor is taking his stance.

Over the weekend, McGinn went on Fox News, where he debated with Greta Van Susteren about a new Seattle program for businesses to advertise on window stickers that they are “gun free.” Susteren said the decals would open up stores to armed robbery, since they are essentially announcing that the store employees are not armed.

Throughout the seven-minute segment, McGinn wore an amused expression. Because, let’s face it, the mayor is a former activist and litigator, and he likes to debate.

On Monday, McGinn’s campaign sent out a news release listing 28 events the mayor plans to attend, and saying that Murray has not confirmed his attendance. McGinn wants Murray there.

“He would like to talk about where he sees the city going,” said McGinn consultant, John Wyble.

Murray spokesman Sandeep Kaushik said Murray will appear alongside McGinn at at least a dozen head-to-heads, starting next week. But Murray will also campaign on his own, talking to communities and groups about his ideas.

“We know the mayor is an experienced litigator, and a very strong debater. so we know he’s going to try to create as much opportunity as possible,” Kaushik said. “It’s important for us that the public has multiple opportunities to see both candidates together and have a free and honest exchange of ideas … We have a job to do to get Ed out into the communities talking with groups, talking with voters.”

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