This year's traditional Nebraska State Fair debate between the candidates vying to be the state's next U.S. senator will focus on how policies set in Washington affect rural residents.
The World-Herald, the Grand Island Independent, RFD-TV and Rural TV are sponsoring the 90-minute debate between Republican Deb Fischer and Democrat Bob Kerrey.
It is scheduled for 4 p.m. Aug. 25, during the opening weekend of the State Fair in Grand Island. Anyone with fair tickets for the day can attend the debate at the Heartland Events Center.
Major party Senate and gubernatorial candidates have participated in State Fair debates off and on since 1982. The event will restart a tradition, said World-Herald Managing Editor C. David Kotok.
World-Herald Chief Political Reporter Robynn Tysver and an Independent reporter will ask the questions. RFD-TV News Director Mark Oppold will moderate. The candidates also will participate in a lightning round of quick questions, ask one another three questions each, and answer reader and viewer questions submitted to Omaha.com, the Independent and RFD-TV.
The debate will be televised on RFD-TV for cable and satellite subscribers. It will be streamed live on Omaha.com.
State fair Senate debate
A ticket to the Nebraska State Fair is all you need. The debate is at 4 p.m. at the Heartland Events Center.
To Watch Live on RFD-TV and RURAL TV
Omaha viewers — Channel 275 on Cox Cable
Lincoln viewers — Channel 229 on Time Warner Cable
Nebraska and Iowa — Channel 345 on DirecTV; Channels 231 and 232 on Dish Network; Channel 138 on Charter
Iowa — Channel 78 on Mediacom
In addition, the debate will air three more times on RURAL TV after the “live” airing. It also will be available on demand on Omaha.com.
Have a question for the candidates?
Email reporter Robynn Tysver your questions by Aug. 22 at firstname.lastname@example.org.