Monday, September 29, 2008

Siena Heights Debate Announced - October 7

Earlier in September, state Senator Mark Schauer's campaign manager sent the Walberg campaign a letter (.pdf) challenging Walberg to four televised debates-- one in each of the media markets covering the 7th District. The argument is that four televised debates would ensure that everyone in the district would have an easy opportunity to see the candidates.

Walberg's campaign responded, essentially, that they were already committed to 12 candidate debates or forums, and more or less blew off Schauer's request. I think that's a missed opportunity for both candidates, but it's not anything I'm going to lose sleep over.

But when will they debate?

Adrian's Daily Telegram brings us the first one:
Major candidates for two offices are expected Oct. 7 for a broadcast debate
in Adrian, and the public is invited to attend the 7:30 p.m. event at Siena
Heights University’s Francoeur Theater.

The debate includes the Democratic and Republican candidates for both the
Michigan 57th House District and the U.S. House of Representatives
7th Congressional District, according to Anne Jameson, president of the local
American Association of University Women. The group is sponsoring the debate
along with WLEN radio and The Daily Telegram.
From 8:30 to 9:15 p.m., the U.S. House candidates will discuss issues. They are
incumbent Tim Walberg, R-Tipton; and challenger Mark Schauer, a Democrat from
Bedford Township in Calhoun County.
(Emphasis added.)

This is the first debate I've heard about so far, though it's possible that I missed others. This looks like the same debate I attended in 2006, though I won't be able to attend this year (unfortunately).

A notable change-- only Congressman Walberg and Senator Schauer will be present. The minor party candidates included last time will not be included. It'll make the debate a little less exciting, but it will also allow for a clearer contrast between Walberg and Schauer, and should have a quicker pace than the one in 2006.

Unfortunately, WLEN doesn't stream audio over their website, and I'm eager to get more than just the Telegram's article on it after the fact. If you think you can attend and would be able to provide either video or audio of the event, please contact me.

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