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Radtke believes debate could be a game changer in GOP primary

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It is an uphill battle for the “rest of the field” in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. But despite the distinct fundraising disadvantage and the serious lack of name recognition, many of the challengers to front runner George Allen believe they can beat him.

Some are hoping for a grass roots surge.

Others think maybe key endorsements or a momentum shift could change the game.

While most won’t admit it, they might be counting on a gaffe by Allen as the difference in playing from behind to having a shot to win.

Most of those hopes are far fetched and lack specificity. Jamie Radtke is much more direct. She knows what could turn her campaign from long shot to legitimate.

“The true game changer would be a debate between myself and George Allen,” said Radtke.

Radtke said she welcomes all the other challengers as well, but feels confident that given the opportunity, voters would find that she is the refreshing alternative to Allen.

“The question is, will George Allen do a debate?’ she said.

Radtke said that many interested, independent groups have approached her campaign about the potential for a debate, but all plans are preliminary at this point. She said that her campaign’s stance on debates is clear.

“Name the time, name the place,” she said.  “This is a primary, it has not been decided who the nominee for the republican party will be and we would expect George Allen to participate in a debate.”

You can see more of our interview with Jamie Radkte below, including her feelings on Sarah Palin and what she thinks about the possibility of her endorsement.

Written by Ryan Nobles

July 11, 2011 at 10:48 pm

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