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UofL and WHAS-TV to sponsor political debates on Belknap Campus

by UofL Today last modified Oct 01, 2010 09:24 AM

The University of Louisville and WHAS-TV will co-sponsor three political candidate debates — including the nationally watched Kentucky U.S. Senate race.

All debates begin at 7 p.m. in Bigelow Hall, Miller Information and Technology Center, Belknap Campus. (See building 21 on campus map.)

Dates and confirmed candidates for each event are:

  • Oct. 12: 3rd District U.S. Congress, John Yarmuth and Todd Lally
  • Oct. 14: Louisville Metro Mayor, Greg Fischer and Hal Heiner
  • Oct. 17: Kentucky U.S. Senate, Rand Paul and Jack Conway

All debates are open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis.

The congressional and mayoral debates will be broadcast live on WHAS-TV’s 11.2 channel (Insight Cable channel 432 in Louisville). The U.S. Senate debate will be broadcast on WHAS-TV’s traditional 11.1 channel (Insight Cable channel 4 in Louisville). 

The congressional and senatorial debates also will air nationally on C-SPAN, while the Paul/Conway debate is expected to be simulcast live on Lexington's WTVQ-TV and Bowling Green's WBKO-TV.

Moderators for all three debates will be Mark Hebert, UofL's director of media relations. Hebert will ask questions submitted by the audience and by WHAS-TV viewers via e-mail. WHAS-TV political editor Joe Arnold and Louisville Courier-Journal reporters Joe Gerth or Dan Klepal also will ask questions.

To participate in the debates, candidates must garner at least 5 percent of votes in the most recent WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll.

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