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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 SessionsTime to bring federal employees home for every holiday Alabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future Tuberville incorrectly says Gore was president-elect in 2000 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) WallaceBiden adviser: 'He does not have any concern' about Trump lawsuits Public health expert: Americans no longer acting 'with common purpose' on pandemic Anti-Defamation League criticizes White House appointee 'who has consorted with racists' 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 TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds 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 ClintonClinton offers congratulations over Elliot Page announcement Biden brushes off criticism of budget nominee Mellman: Mired in Partisanship 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) MuellerBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting MORE.

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