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Bob Kerrey Wants Fox News Debate With Anti-Tax Crusader Grover Norquist

08/30/2012 03:47 pm ET

Democratic Senate candidate Bob Kerrey will take his second-favorite target -- anti-tax activist Grover Norquist -- if he cannot spar on national television with Republican opponent Deb Fischer.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that Kerrey asked Fox News host Chris Wallace for a televised debate with Norquist, who authored the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Fischer has signed the anti-tax oath, which prohibits lawmakers from voting for any tax increase.

Kerrey's new debate request comes after Fischer turned down Wallace's invitation to go one-on-one with Kerrey on Fox News.

According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Fischer is eager to debate Kerrey, proposing two face-offs in September. Kerrey, however, wants a "wider audience" to air out their differences heading in to the final months of the Nebraska Senate race, the newspaper reported.

Fischer spokesman Daniel Keylin told the Associated Press that Kerrey "is clearly trying to deflect attention from his taxing record" by dragging Norquist in to the debate.

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