(CNN) - Republican Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois said Friday he would accept an invitation to debate Democrat Tammy Duckworth on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
"I'd be happy to come on your show to do a live debate with @Tammy4Congress," Walsh wrote on Twitter.
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Shortly before Walsh's tweet, CNN's Wolf Blitzer was interviewing Duckworth on his show and invited both candidates to take part in a live debate on the program.
"We would love to invite you and Mr. Walsh to come on and do a good, serious, substantive debate, no name-calling, no nasty words on either sides, just the substantive, important issues," Blitzer said.
Responding, Duckworth said: "I think that would be great too, Wolf."
She added that both candidates held a debate in May and have agreed to several more.
"And if yours is one of the ones we agreed to, then I would be happy to," she continued.
The two candidates are fighting for a seat representing the new 8th Congressional District located outside of Chicago and created by the state's recent redistricting process. It's widely expected to vote Democratic in November.
Duckworth and Walsh have been in the headlines this week as Walsh, a first-term congressman elected with wide tea party support, has been critical of Duckworth for talking too much about her military service on the campaign trail.
A Black Hawk helicopter pilot in Iraq, Duckworth lost both legs and the use of one arm when her crew was shot down in 2004. She was later awarded the Purple Heart and continues to serve as a lieutenant colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.
"My God, that's all she talks about," Walsh said Sunday at a town hall. "Our true heroes, it's the last thing in the world they talk about. That's why we're so indebted and in awe of what they've done."
He has since repeatedly stood by his remarks, insisting that Duckworth is a hero but that her service doesn't solely make her qualified for Congress.
"I have respect for her and her service. My thoughts and prayers go out to her, like they do every wounded warrior. But that doesn't demand our vote," he said to CNN's Ashleigh Banfield in a heated interview Thursday.
Hitting back on Friday, Duckworth said she spends "a majority of the time" talking about the issues and that Walsh was simply trying to distract from his record in Congress.
"It's very irresponsible for Mr. Walsh, as a sitting congressman, to try to muzzle war veterans and keep them from talking about their service," Duckworth said on "The Situation Room."
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