DENVER - Lincoln Diaz-Balart is here for a second day of enemy incursion, camped out in the Republican war room on the outskirts of town to provide the GOP spin.
But he couldn't escape his Dem rival, Hialeah mayor Raul Martinez, who held a few ad hoc interviews of his own, asking interviewers why Diaz-Balart won't participate in a live debate with him. Martinez said he's accepted 7 debates -- 3 of them to be televised -- and that Diaz-Balart has only agreed to one, non-televised debate.
Diaz-Balart says he'll debate Martinez live at some point and his campaign says he's already agreed to an October debate sponsored by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. (That one, Martinez's camp notes, won't be televised.)
You can catch a glimpse of Martinez tonight at the Dem convention when he and Joe Garcia, who is challenging Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, will be spotlighted as among 5 of the party's top promising congressional aspirants. They're expected to be up sometime after 4 p.m. (MST)