We're only about a month away from the election. Candidates are working hard to get their names and opinions out to the voters. Three upcoming debates are scheduled for the U.S. Senate candidates. They’ll be in Indianapolis, Vincennes, and one right here in Fort Wayne.
Republican candidate, Dan Coats was in Huntington Friday for a campaign stop. He told FOX Fort Wayne, he's looking forward to the debates.
Democrat Brad Ellsworth, Libertarian Rebecca Sink Burris, and Republican Dan Coats have agreed to face off on the top issues. Tracy Warner, with the Indiana Debate Commission, says “It gives voters a chance to hear it straight from the candidate. And compare immediately the different candidates' stances on the issue.”
The topics of debate are still unknown. That's because the commission wants voters to decide what will be asked. Warner says “It really depends on what Hoosiers want to talk about. I think the economy will be one of them, because I think that's one of the most important things for a lot of Hoosiers right now.”
The Indiana Debate commission is in charge of the events. They're asking voters to write in with questions. The commission will select the most relevant questions, and invite the voter who wrote the question to ask it live at the debate. The commission says they try to make it fair. Warner says “We make every attempt that the people asking the questions aren't involved with any of the candidates. We want them to be independent of the campaigns.”
Republican candidate, Dan Coats says he hopes finger pointing is put aside during the debate.
Coats says “Hopefully we can put all that aside and talk about the real issues Hoosiers are concerned about. That is the future of this country, the gross overspending that's taken place in Washington, and the debt that's been laid on our children.”
Tickets for the Fort Wayne debate will be available early next week. Tickets will be given away at the IPFW Rhinehart Music Center Box Office and Fort Wayne Newspapers.
If you’d like to submit a question to the Debate Commission visit http://www.indianadebatecommission.com/