Sittenfeld pushes Strickland to debate

Posted at 12:01 AM, Oct 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-20 00:01:01-04

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, challenging former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary, is stepping up his push for debates.

Sittenfeld used a rare joint appearance with Strickland at a Hamilton County party dinner in Cincinnati Monday night to repeat his call for primary debates. Sittenfeld added some jabs at Strickland's record while saying the party needs new faces, voices and ideas.

Strickland said Democrats shouldn't be fighting each other and that his focus is on unseating incumbent Republican Rob Portman in what's expected to be one of the nation's most closely watched Senate races.

The 31-year-old Sittenfeld last week ran the first TV ads of their race, emphasizing his desire to debate. Seventy-four-year-old Strickland has the state party leadership's backing and has led statewide polling.