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GOP Senate debate to be aired Monday

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Lakeshore PBS and Lakeshore Public Radio--89.1 FM will broadcast the non-partisan Indiana Debate Commission’s Republican U.S. Senate Debate, at 6 p.m. Monday, April 30.

All three Republican candidates, U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, and Mike Braun will participate in the debate. Initially, Rokita had declined to participate in the debate, stating that he would only participate in Republican organized and moderated debates.

Viewers can tune-in to the debate live on TV on Lakeshore PBS and on radio at 89.1 FM, and streaming at

A video stream will also be made available for the debate on

“The debate is a great option for Hoosier voters who may be undecided, and we’re pleased that all candidates in this contested GOP primary are now 100 percent invested in this final debate before the May 8 primary,” Commission President Gerry Lanosga said.

The winner of the May 8 Republican primary will go on to challenge U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, the Democrat incumbent who is completing his first six-year term and was not challenged in a primary contest.

Hoosier voters can submit questions that will be considered for this April 30 debate on the commission’s website at

Questions will be vetted by members of the commission. Those who submit may be invited to ask their questions of the candidates in person during the hour-long debate. The practice of using primarily voter questions is unique in Indiana. The commission, a nonprofit organization, is the only independent organization in the state that provides free broadcast satellite feeds and web streams to all news media, including college and high school press associations.

The upcoming Republican primary debate will be the 19th hosted by the Indiana Debate Commission since its founding in 2007. Moderating the debate will be Abdul-Hakim Shabazz of






Posted 4/27/2018




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