Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, his Republican rival Mike Braun and Libertarian Lucy Brenton will face each other in at least two debates this fall.
The election is one of the most closely watched in the nation as Republicans compete to build on their slim majority in the United States Senate. Donnelly, who is finishing his first term, is considered to be one of the most vulnerable incumbent Democratic senators.
The nonpartisan Indiana Debate Commission is hosting the debates at a time and venue to be determined. 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,” said C-SPAN Political Editor Steve Scully in a statement. “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. Voters can submit questions that are most pressing to their lives and businesses for matters that are under the control of a U.S. senator.
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 in a statement. “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 the races for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seats.
The Indiana Debate Commission is a non-partisan, statewide group representing citizen and media affiliates dedicated to promoting debates at the state level.
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