NET News and Nebraska Broadcasters To Host Senate Debate in North Platte

August 18, 2014 - 5:30pm

Candidates vying for Nebraska’s U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Mike Johanns will debate issues facing the state and nation on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. CT at North Platte High School in North Platte, Nebraska.


The Nebraska U.S. Senate debate will be broadcast live on NET Television’s NET1, NET Radio and streamed live on the NET website.

The 90-minute debate is being presented in cooperation with the Nebraska Broadcasters Association. Senior producers Mike Tobias and Bill Kelly of NET News will be part of a panel of Nebraska journalists asking questions of the candidates.

The debate will feature the four candidates for the U.S. Senate seat:  Dave Domina (D), Jim Jenkins (I), Ben Sasse (R) and Todd Watson (I).

The debate is open to the public. Doors to North Platte High School Performing Arts Center will open at 6:00 p.m. CT, and everyone must be seated by 6:45 p.m. CT, when doors will be closed so final preparations for the broadcast can be made.

The candidates will not make opening statements at the start of the debate. Instead, each candidate will have the option to record a two-minute statement that will be posted on the NET News Facebook page in advance in the debate. Four general topic areas will be covered in the debate, and NET and the Nebraska Broadcasters Association will seek input from the public to help determine the four subjects.

The debate is part of “Campaign Connection 2014” election coverage presented by NET News. The project includes in-depth “Signature Stories” on NET Radio reporting on the campaigns, candidates and issues, as well as election resources available online at the NET News “Campaign Connection 2014” website.   The debate will be repeated on NET1 and NET2 World several times during September.

NET News and the Nebraska Broadcasters Association both have long traditions of sponsoring candidate debates, The Nebraska Broadcasters Association represents more than 100 over-the-air radio and television broadcasters throughout Nebraska.

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