WISCONSINREPORT.COM (10/08/2010) - The first of a series of three debates between Wisconsin U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Republican Ron Johnson will take place in Milwaukee tonight. The debate is being hosted by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. It will take place in television studios of WMVS-TV in Milwaukee from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. However, viewers in many other areas of Wisconsin will be able to see and hear the event as well.
The debate format will allow for each candidate to make a one minute and thirty second opening and closing statement. The candidates will have one minute and 30 seconds to respond to questions posed by a three-person panel, and 30 seconds for possible follow-up questions.
"Tonight’s debate will offer voters a chance to see the clear choice between the two candidates," Ron Johnson for Senate Campaign Manager Juston Johnson said.
"Voters will see a career politician who has grown out of touch with the everyday challenges Wisconsinites face, who has been part of the problem in Washington or a candidate with a 31-year record of growing a business and creating jobs," Johnson's Campaign Manager said.
"I believe once voters see this difference and hear from Ron, they will understand that he is the candidate who will work to move our country in the right direction once again," Juston Johnson said.
Senator Feingold spokesperson Melissa Ryan of the Feingold Senate Committee expects that people will be able to see the real differences between the two candidates. She expects the Republican candidate might not be forthright in answers and instead will follow GOP party lines.
"Ron Johnson will regurgitate the same old, far-right talking points during the debate, ignoring the truth about Russ and his record," Feingold spokesperson Melissa Ryan said.
Melissa Ryan says Johnson has already backtracked on his answers about his BP stock, drilling in the Great Lakes, and his government loans. She hopes viewers won't be persuaded by the typical political rhetoric that might be heard tonight, but, instead is urging people to listen carefully to hear what really is being said by both candidates. She is sure her candidate will compare favorably.
Senator Russ Feingold had challenged Johnson to six debates. Challenger Ron Johnson accepted half, including tonight's event in Milwaukee.
Recent polls show Johnson with a slight lead. The general election is less than a month away.
Check your local television station listing to determine the stations airing the debate and the local broadcast times of the debate. Some stations might broadcast it on a delayed basis. Contact your local tv outlet for more details.
Some radio stations will also be carrying the audio portion of the debate, including WTMJ 620 AM radio, and others. In addition, 620wtmj.com and possibly other websites will be streaming the event live.
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