Notre Dame to host Indiana gubernatorial debate

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The University of Notre Dame will host one of three Indiana gubernatorial debates in October, the Indiana Debate Commission announced today.

Three candidates for Indiana governor will take the stage in Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 (Wednesday) to debate the issues in front of a live audience.

Libertarian Rupert Boneham, Democrat John Gregg and Republican Mike Pence will answer questions submitted by Indiana residents. Questions are vetted by members of the commission, and those who submit questions may be invited to ask the candidates in person. To submit a question for the gubernatorial candidates, go to the commission’s website or visit its Facebook page.

“One of the great benefits that a university offers to its community is to bring prominent people to campus for lectures and other presentations that are open to the public,” said Timothy Sexton, associate vice president for public affairs at Notre Dame. “We have always tried to do that here at Notre Dame with political, business, religious, educational and other leaders, and we are certainly happy to be selected to host one of the gubernatorial debates this fall.”

The debate at Notre Dame will be streamed live on the commission’s website and is expected to air on Indiana public television and radio stations. Ticket availability, moderators and formats will be announced soon on the commission’s website.

Two other debates are scheduled in October: the first is Oct. 10 (Wednesday) in Zionsville, Ind., and the last is Oct. 25 (Thursday) in Fort Wayne, Ind. Both are at 7 p.m. EDT and will be streamed live.

The Indiana Debate Commission is a nonpartisan, statewide group dedicated to promoting open, unbiased and transparent debates for Indiana voters.

Originally published by Brittany Collins at news.nd.edu on September 11, 2012.