CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has rejected his Democratic opponent's call to debate three times over the next month in the 4th Congressional District race.

Last week, Democratic State Sen. Eric Stewart of Belvedere challenged DesJarlais to a trio of debates and asked for a response by today.

DesJarlais emailed Stewart's campaign Sunday, beating Stewart's deadline with an unfriendly response.

"While I am open to revisiting the debate question later in the campaign, your lack of clarity on the issues give me no reason for or basis from which we could currently debate," DesJarlais wrote.

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