(WIVB) — Nick Langworthy, a Republican candidate for New York’s 23rd Congressional District, announced today that he has accepted an invitation from News 4 and challenged his primary opponent, Carl Paladino, to also accept and agree to six additional debates.

Langworthy will join News 4 for a debate on August 9.

“Election day is a month away and voters have a right to hear directly from us, side by side, answering the tough questions about what we are going to do for the people of this district. I’m proud of my conservative record of results and the reputation I’ve earned as a straight-talker. It’s time to stop hiding behind campaign consultants and TV ads and debate,” Langworthy said.

Langworthy officially announced his candidacy last month.

The six debates that Langworthy is proposing would be held in each of the six counties in NY-23 before Primary Election Day on August 23.

Paladino said in a statement: “(Langworthy) is a desperate man, and in any event I wouldn’t want to embarrass him. His request for six debates, will take much of his time away from his job as NY GOP Chair, where donors pay him six figures to elect Republicans. He should drop out of the race and focus on his real job, or resign.”

Aidan Joly joined the News 4 staff in 2022. He is a graduate of Canisius College. You can see more of his work here.