Republican Tom Foley is unlikely to participate in the three-way gubernatorial debate scheduled for Oct. 23 at the West Hartford studios of NBC Connecticut, a campaign spokesman said Wednesday. Petitioning candidate Joe Visconti was expected to face off with Foley and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
In a televised debate Tuesday night, Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley met in a political Twilight Zone, each unable or unwilling to recognize the reality of the other’s Connecticut.
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his Republican challenger, Tom Foley, will meet tonight at 7 in a debate televised live on WFSB. The petitioning candidate, Joe Visconti, was not invited. The debate is the second of seven.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Tom Foley spent a fast-paced hour in their first debate Wednesday night straining to make the race for governor turn on questions of each other’s records, Malloy’s as governor and Foley’s as a businessman.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the first-term Democrat, and Republican Tom Foley are scheduled to debate Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Norwich Free Academy, but tickets for the event are gone and there is no live television coverage.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to use Republican Tom Foley’s aversion to policy details against him in their first debate tonight, but the GOP challenger is betting that voters want to hear his vision for the future, not read turn-by-turn directions on how he intends to get there. It is a calculated risk.
NEW HAVEN – In their final televised forum before the Republican primary for governor Tuesday, Tom Foley and John P. McKinney strived during a free-wheeling hour Sunday to undermine each other’s ability to be a credible voice for change against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in November. The live WTNH, Channel 8 event was a contentious exercise in political branding.
John P. McKinney greeted Metro-North riders at dawn Tuesday, then spoke to evening commuters on WTIC-AM. Tom Foley had no public events, another sign he is looking past next week’s Republican primary with McKinney to a fall rematch with a restive Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
The first of two televised debates between Republicans Tom Foley and John P. McKinney was less an exploration of policy differences than an effort to define each other and the Democrat they hope to succeed, Dannel P. Malloy. Foley painted McKinney as an insider; McKinney depicted Foley as too bland, cautious and vague to lead.
American politics is replete with memorable, even game-changing moments at presidential debates. Gore sighed. Bush glanced at his watch. An elderly Reagan deflated the age issue by promising not to make an issue of his opponent’s youth and inexperience. At the gubernatorial level? Not so much.
Tom Foley, the front-runner in a six-candidate field for the Republican nomination for governor, will not participate in debates until after the GOP nominating convention May 17, his spokesman said Thursday.