By BILL SHEA
U.S, Rep. Steve King and Christie Vilsack will not be debating in Fort Dodge this evening.
A debate between the Republican representative from Kiron and the Democratic challenger from Ames was tentatively planned by the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.
The plan was thwarted, however, by a debate over the event's format.
''We were going back and forth on different formats, what would work and what wouldn't work,'' said Amy Bruno, the community development director for the alliance. ''It just got to be too late and we as a legislative committee decided not to do it.''
During an Oct. 4 interview, King told The Messenger he was interested in having a Lincoln-Douglas style debate without a moderator.
''I know we have that dialogue out there and we're trying to get to that,'' King said when asked about the potential for a Fort Dodge debate. ''What I've said is let's have a Lincoln-Douglas style debate where there's open dialogue.''
When she visited Fort Dodge Saturday, Vilsack said she agreed to have a local debate.
''We said we would be here,'' she said. ''I don't think he's interested in doing it.''
Bruno said the alliance will not attempt to reschedule the debate.
King and Vilsack are vying to represent the 4th Congressional District, which includes Webster County and 38 other counties.