The Indiana Debate Commission on Monday announced it will host two statewide televised debates this fall in one of the nation’s most highly anticipated mid-term elections for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat.
The participating candidates are Republican Mike Braun, incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly and Libertarian Lucy Brenton. The debate commission is working with the campaigns to finalize dates and venues for the debates, which will be announced at a later date.
In addition to statewide broadcast and live streaming, the debates will be available nationwide via C-SPAN.
“The results from the Indiana U.S. Senate race could determine which party controls the Senate in 2019,” C-SPAN Political Editor Steve Scully said in a news release from the debate commission. “C-SPAN is pleased to partner with the Indiana Debate Commission to bring this important race to a national audience.” Hoosier voters can continue submitting proposed questions to be considered for the debates on the commission’s website at www. indianadebatecommission. com. Voters can submit questions that are most pressing totheir lives and businesses. The commission is working to further accommodate Hoosier voters this fall with venues that will be open to the public.
“This particular race has generated significant interest within Indiana and beyond our borders,” said commission President Gerry Lanosga. “We will continue our independent role in producing widely disseminated, public-focused debates that provide voters with the best opportunity to hear the candidates in an unfiltered setting.”
The Indiana Debate Commission is open to a third debate this fall should the candidates come to an agreement later in the election season. Over the commission’s 10-year history, it has included as many as three debates – and as few as one – in races for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seats.
The commission is a non-partisan, statewide group representing citizen and media affiliates dedicated to promoting debates at the state level. The volunteer commission, which incorporated in 2007 and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, works with candidates, venues and citizen groups to promote open, unbiased and transparent debates for Hoosier voters.