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ABC News partners with local affiliates and owned stations to host a series of debates in key races

by jmaloni
Tue, Oct 5th 2010 02:00 pm

As part of ABC News' "Vote 2010" mid-term election coverage, ABC News is teaming up with its local affiliates and owned stations to host five debates in four key battleground states. As part of a partnership between ABC News and Facebook, people on both ABCNews.com and Facebook will have an opportunity to contribute questions for the candidates online.

  • Florida Senate debate on Wednesday, Oct. 6, between Kendrick Meek (D), Marco Rubio (R) and Charlie Crist (I), moderated by George Stephanopoulos in cooperation with ABC's Orlando (WFTV-TV) and Tampa (WFTS-TV) affiliates. The hour-long debate airs* live at 7 p.m., ET.
  • Colorado senatorial and gubernatorial debates on Friday, Oct. 15, in cooperation with ABC's Denver affiliate KMGH-TV and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. Jake Tapper will moderate a debate between Senate candidates Michael Bennet (D) and Ken Buck (R), as well as a debate between gubernatorial candidates John Hickenlooper (D), Dan Maes (R) and Tom Tancredo (ACP). Tapper will be joined by KMGH anchor Mike Landess. The debates will begin at 11:30 a.m., MT and will be streamed live online. A one-hour special on the Senate debate will air on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 9 a.m., MT on 7News, following "This Week with Christiane Amanpour."
  • Illinois Senate debate on Tuesday, Oct. 19, between Alexi Giannoulias (D) and Mark Kirk (R), moderated by George Stephanopoulos in cooperation with ABC owned station in Chicago WLS-TV. The hour-long debate will air at 10:35 p.m., CT. It can be seen live at 7 p.m., CT on ABC 7's 7.2 Channel, available on Comcast channel 217.
  • Pennsylvania Senate debate on Wednesday, Oct. 20, between Joe Sestak (D) and Pat Toomey (R), moderated by George Stephanopoulos and WPVI-TV's 6 and 11 p.m. anchor Jim Gardner, in cooperation with ABC owned station in Philadelphia WPVI-TV. The hour-long debate will air live at 7 p.m., ET.

 

*The debates will air on the local affiliate station and will be streamed live on ABCNews.com and Facebook. The morning following these debates, "Good Morning America" will broadcast live from these states providing reaction and analysis.

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