NewsPublic Affairs / April 9, 2018

Commission Accepting Questions For GOP Debate

Screenshot of the Indiana Debate Commission website. - Indiana Debate Commission

Screenshot of the Indiana Debate Commission website.

Indiana Debate Commission

Hoosiers can now submit questions for the upcoming debate for the Republican primary candidates for U.S. Senate.

The nonpartisan Indiana Debate Commission is hosting the first televised debate for the contentious race on April 30.

U.S. Rep Luke Messer (R-Shelbyville) and former state representative Mike Bruan will participate in the debate, but U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Brownsburg) has declined to join. Rokita’s campaign says he will only participate in debates organized and moderated by conservative Republicans.

All three candidates participated in a debate in February sponsored by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity-Indiana.

Hoosiers can submit questions for the April debate on the Debate Commission’s website: indianadebatecommission.com.

The nonprofit organization says most of the questions for the debate will come from voters. Commission members will vet the questions and choose which ones to include, according to a statement.

“We look forward to once again providing a truly statewide platform for candidates to present their views to Hoosier voters,” said Commission President Gerry Lanosga in a statement. “At the same time, we are proud that our debates also present the voices of the public to the candidates.”

This will be the 19th debate hosted by the organization.

Debate Details:

  • Monday, April 30 at 7 p.m
  • Televised on public stations throughout the state
  • Moderated by conservative commentator Abdul-Hakim Shabazz
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