One Republican candidate for the 1st Congressional District race has challenged another Republican to a debate, but it appears unlikely to happen.

Nick Polce on Friday issued a news release, challenging Bryan Steil to two Lincoln-Douglas-style debates in July.

“The residents of the 1st District deserve to see their candidates stand on a stage together to debate the tough questions. To lead in Congress, candidates must demonstrate the in-depth knowledge required to solve the important issues affecting voters today,” Polce wrote.

“If a candidate avoids public debates, will they run from the tough issues in Washington, too?”

A Steil spokesman responded Monday by saying the candidates had debated already in forums run by the Republican parties of Kenosha and Walworth counties and that another forum is scheduled by the Republican Party of Racine County on July 21.

“Bryan Steil has participated in two debates that were open to the public and are available online in their entirety,” the spokesman said.

“There are six individuals on the ballot for the Republican primary. Bryan has a strong conservative record on the UW Board of Regents, has been solving problems in the private sector for the past nine years, and is the only candidate in the primary born, raised and currently living in the 1st Congressional District.”

The other Republican candidates on the Aug. 14 primary ballot are Brad Boivin, Paul Nehlen, Jeremy Ryan and Kevin Adam Steen.

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