Indiana Debate Commission Announces U.S. Senate Primary Debate Details

March 27, 2012

The Indiana Debate Commission’s GOP primary debate with Sen. Richard Lugar and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock will air at 7 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 11, and voters can submit questions on Facebook for the first time.

Candidates agreed to the commission’s format and rules with campaign officials signing a formal document Tuesday at WFYI Public Media in Indianapolis. WFYI is the station of origin for the one-hour broadcast.

Voters can submit their questions starting today online at:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IndianaDebateCommission
Website: http://indianadebatecommission.com/submit-your-debate-question

Retired TV broadcaster and Assistant Ball State University Professor Phil Bremen will be the moderator. This is the first debate hosted for state and national viewing by the commission that has featured only two candidates.

This will be the only primary debate scheduled by the commission.

Voters can start submitting questions on the commission’s Facebook page and website. Those who are selected for consideration after screening by the commission will be offered the opportunity to ask their question in person or by pre-taped video via arrangements made by the commission.

“This year’s debate will be focusing on critical topics—jobs and the economy, international affairs and other pressing domestic issues of the day,” said Commission President Max Jones, editor of the Tribune-Star in Terre Haute, Ind. “Voters will be able to ask their questions directly, but we will also offer videotape options and questions submitted via Facebook.”

As has been the practice of past debates, a retired broadcaster with ties to local news organizations will be moderating.

Bremen spent eight years working as a national NBC News correspondent assigned to bureaus in Frankfurt and London. He has also reported and anchored for WTHR (NBC) and WRTV (ABC) in Indianapolis and KMSP (Fox) in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and he also was a co-anchor and senior correspondent at New Jersey Network, a public television and radio network. His background also includes a stint as press secretary for Gov. Frank O’Bannon.

Since the debate is scheduled in studio, there will be no public viewing audience. But viewing options will be available throughout the state for Hoosier voters, and the commission will also include a live stream on its website with the assistance of the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System.

National and state media organizations interested in carrying the debate will be provided a free satellite feed from the commission in order to guarantee the widest possible coverage. For media outlets interested in carrying the debate live, please watch the website for satellite specifications.

About the Indiana Debate Commission
The Indiana Debate Commission (IDC) is the only incorporated and independent debate group in the nation. The concept of this commission was created with the input of many voices during the course of a year’s planning in 2007. Represented by 13 affiliates, the IDC provides a free satellite feed to broadcasters during election years to provide the widest viewing and listening audience possible. The IDC has hosted nine widely televised debates in contested races in both primary and general elections. Organized as a 501c3, funding comes from affiliate pledges and professional services are donated. Visit the commission’s website or like the commission on Facebook.

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