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Commission taking voter questions for U.S. Senate debate

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U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, above left, and business owner Mike Braun, above right, will take part in a televised debate at 7 p.m. April 30 in Indianapolis. It will be broadcast on WFYI-TV out of Indianapolis. Messer and Braun are in the final days of running against U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita for the Republican U.S. Senate primary bid to run against incumbent Joe Donnelly in November.
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STAFF REPORT

The Indiana Debate Commission is now accepting questions from Hoosier voters for its April 30 statewide televised debate in the Republican U.S. Senate primary race. 

In keeping with its mission of “Putting Voters First,” the commission invites Hoosier voters to submit their questions on its revamped website, www.indianadebatecommission.com.

Questions are 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 debate hosted by the Indiana Debate Commission since its founding in 2007.

“We look forward to once again providing a truly statewide platform for candidates to present their views to Hoosier voters,” said Commission President Gerry Lanosga in a press release. “At the same time, we are proud that our debates also present the voices of the public to the candidates.”

The April 30 debate will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on WFYI-TV in Indianapolis. Two candidates in the three-way race, U.S. Rep. Luke Messer and business owner Mike Braun, have agreed to participate. The third candidate, U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, initially declined the invitation, which remains open. 

The debate will be moderated by Abdul Hakim-Shabazz, an Indianapolis attorney, radio host for WIBC Radio and owner of IndyPolitics.org.