U.S. Senate primary debate will feature live streaming


The Indiana Debate Commission’s GOP primary debate with Sen. Richard Lugar and State Treasurer Richard Mour­dock will air at 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 11, and voters can submit questions on Facebook for the first time.

Candidates agreed to the commission’s format and rules.

Voters can submit their questions online at:

• Facebook: facebook.com/IndianaDebateCommission

• Website: indianadebatecommission.com/submit-your-debate-question.

This is the only primary debate scheduled by the commission, with WFYI as the station of origin for the one-hour broadcast.

Voters whose questions are selected for consideration after screening by the commission will be offered the opportunity to ask their question in person or by pre-taped video via arrangements made by the commission.

“This year’s debate will be focusing on critical topics – jobs and the economy, international affairs and other pressing domestic issues of the day,” said Commission President Max Jones, editor of the Tribune-Star (Terre Haute).

Phil Bremen, a retired TV broadcaster and assistant professor at Ball State University, will moderate.

This is the first debate hosted for state and national viewing by the commission that has featured only two candidates.

Since the debate is scheduled in a studio, no public audience will attend. But viewing options will be available throughout the state, and the commission will also include a live stream on its website.