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Tea Party Debate, Minus Hoekstra

November 15, 2011

Five Republican Senate candidates will participate in a debate in Richland, Michigan hosted by a tea party group on Saturday. But missing from the roster of expected attendees is former Rep. Pete Hoekstra.

"Congressman Hoekstra has another commitment that day. He will be participating in a debate with the same organizer in January," Hoekstra spokesman Brian Jones told Hotline On Call.

Cornerstone Schools co-founder Clark Durant, along with Gary Glenn (who was recently endorsed by Mike Huckabee) and three other candidates will participate in the debate, which is hosted by the Plainwell Patriots, the Kalamazoo Gazette reports.

Keep an eye on the clips coming out of the debate to see if Durant goes after the absent Hoekstra. There will also be a straw poll at the event.

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