Sen. Orrin Hatch will appear at Thursday night’s senatorial debate in Utah — it just won’t be in the flesh.
Hatch’s challenger, Dan Liljenquist, will debate a cardboard cutout of the 36-year incumbent after Hatch repeatedly declined to debate Liljenquist on TV.
Holly Richardson of the Liljenquist campaign sent Yeas & Nays this image of the cutout, which is “slightly larger than life” and has no legs. Richardson said the image was taken by a Liljenquist supporter to avoid any photo copyright issues.
The cardboard Hatch isn’t the first unusual aspect of this election — in May, a Liljenquist supporter held a week-long hunger strike to pressure Hatch into debating.