Las Vegas, NV (AP/KXNT) —  Republican Sen. Dean Heller is proposing that he and Democrat Rep. Shelley Berkley participate in seven debates across the state as the U.S. Senate race heats up.

Heller’s campaign suggested in a letter sent Thursday that debates begin in July, with no more than two debates per month until early voting begins Oct. 20. Each debate would be televised on a major broadcast station in Nevada.

The Heller campaign said it would be flexible regarding the format of the debates, such as whether the candidates would sit or stand and how much time would be allotted for responses.

Heller’s campaign proposed holding three debates in Las Vegas, and one each in Reno, Carson City and Elko.

Berkley’s campaign said it has agreed to one debate, which will be held in Reno on September 27th, and plans on agreeing to more.

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