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Sessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines

Sessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines
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Former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief Manchin flexes muscle in 50-50 Senate Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' MORE has accepted an invitation from "Fox News Sunday" to a virtual primary debate, but his opponent, former Auburn football head coach Tommy Tuberville, has declined, a source close to the show told The Hill.

The program, anchored by Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceWarner: White House should 'keep open additional sanctions' against Saudi crown prince Rick Scott acknowledges Biden 'absolutely' won fair election Bill Gates: Goal of eliminating emissions by 2030 'completely unrealistic' MORE, has given the Tuberville campaign until Wednesday to accept the invitation, also according to the source.

The Hill has reached out to the Tuberville campaign for comment.

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Tuberville, who is backed by President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE in the primary, has resisted debating Sessions in any format to this point.

In March, a planned debate hosted by CBS-affiliated WKRG in Mobile, Ala., and four other Nexstar Broadcasting sister stations in Alabama had scheduled a debate between the two candidates, with Tuberville ultimately deciding not to participate.

Tuberville won the 33.4 percent of the vote to Sessions’s 31.7 percent in the first round on March 3, forcing a runoff that was pushed back to July 14 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump, who won the state by 27 points over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: China implicated in Microsoft breach | White House adds Big Tech critic | QAnon unfazed after false prediction Jill Biden redefines role of first lady QAnon supporters unfazed after another false prediction MORE in 2016, has been highly critical of Sessions since he recused himself in the Russia investigation, which eventually led to the appointment of former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE.

An independent poll from Cygnal in May showed Tuberville leading Sessions, 55 percent to 32 percent.