U.S. Senate candidate Roy Blunt personally invited his likely Democratic opponent Robin Carnahan to participate in a joint news conference this Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in Jefferson City.
"Everywhere I go, Missourians ask me about health care and express their concern about a government takeover of American health care. I believe the voters would benefit from a bipartisan, media-directed discussion of the many vital issues in the national debate on health care," Blunt said in a statement.
"As co-hosts, the two Senate candidates would make brief opening statements and then respond to the media's questions as they are posed, the standard format for news conferences," according to the format proposed by Blunt.
But asked if whether Carnahan would participate in such an event, spokesman Tony Wyche responded, "First things first. I think he should be first contacting Senator Chuck Purgason."
Wyche then indicated it was unlikely Carnahan would participate in such a joint appearance until after the Republican nominee is officially decided next August.
Back in February, when Sarah Steelman was still considered a likely U.S. Senate contender, the Carnahan camp gave a similiar answer.