Dancing with the Debates
Channel Seven got "the real" Julia Gillard to agree to a second Debate for Sunday night, but Tony Abbott says no.
Seven is determined to stage a Debate with the Leaders one way or another.
Yesterday Sunrise threw down the challenge to Labor and Liberal leaders. Meanwhile Today Tonight managed to get the “real” Julia Gillard to agree to a second Debate this Sunday night. Gillard agreed in principle, but not without some conditions.
“We can’t have great schools and decent healthcare without a strong economy, so I’d be happy to debate Mr. Abbott on the economy… Game on,” she said.
Seven CEO, David Leckie, has suggested 6:30pm as the timeslot for the second debate.
“We think the voters would appreciate a lively exchange between the two leaders and an opportunity to see more of their real personality,” he said.
Such a Debate would also result in Dancing with the Stars moving timeslots once again (and presumably not be a channel exclusive).
But Tony Abbott, who had initially wanted 3 Debates, has rejected the offer.
“I don’t see why I should abandon plans to visit electorates around Australia because the prime minister’s campaign is in trouble and she now thinks that she might be able to rescue it by personally targeted attacks,” he said in a statement.
Opposition frontbencher Christopher Pyne told ABC1’s Lateline, “The Labor Party had a chance to have three debates in the election campaign, they thought the were being clever by rejecting the Opposition’s call for them to keep their own promise,” he said.
“Now that they are in freefall in terms of their disintegrating campaign, they’re demanding that the Opposition jump to their tune.”