Next Monday's Chamber of Business & Industry TV debate for Senate candidates will be missing Democrat Joe Sestak, who is headed instead to a Pittsburgh fundraiser hosted by Sen. John Kerry (D.,Mass.) and Teresa Heinz Kerry.
Republican Pat Toomey will do a question-and-answer session alone with former Nightline anchor Ted Koppel in Hershey, Pa. (Koppel also will moderate a debate between the candidates for governor.)
The two campaigns have been discussing debate arrangements, but have not yet come to an agreement on a schedule. There are likely to be two debates before Nov. 2, according to two people familiar with the talks. Toomey and Sestak debated twice while Sestak was locked in a Democratic primary fight with Sen. Arlen Specter (D.,Pa.)