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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 SessionsHarris walks fine line on Barrett as election nears The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House The Memo: Team Trump looks to Pence to steady ship in VP debate 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) WallaceSupreme Court's Pennsylvania mail ballot ruling tees up test for Barrett Commission approves rules to mute mics at final Trump-Biden debate 10 steps toward better presidential debating 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 John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally 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.

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