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GOP's Biggert pulls out of debate with Bill Foster

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Illinois Republican Congresswoman Judy Biggert has pulled out of a debate sponsored by the AARP, citing the organization's inability to "act as a neutral arbiter."

In a statement Wednesday, Biggert's campaign said the AARP was cited and its logo used by liberal organizations in mail and television ads attacking Biggert. The debate was scheduled to take place Tuesday and broadcast on Chicago's WLS-TV.

AARP of Illinois spokeswoman Heather Heppner said the organization is disappointed Biggert has decided not participate in the debate with Democrat Bill Foster.

"Our opponents have been using the AARP's motto and logo for attacks on Judy that are completely false. We reached out to the AARP last week asking them to put out a statement similiar to what they did after the presidential debate disclaiming these attacks and they chose not to do that," Biggert's campaign manager told FOX Chicago.

Biggert and Foster are in a tight race for the 11th congressional district, which was redrawn to favor Democrats.

In a statement, Foster said Biggert has broken her commitment to seniors, and "now refuses explain why she voted to slash their hard-earned benefits."

Bill Foster also released a statement saying, "Congresswoman Biggert has broken her commitment to seniors yet again, and now refuses to explain why she voted to slash their hard-earned benefits."

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