Western States Debate Proposed

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 26, 2007

The California Broadcasters Association has invited the major party presidential candidates to take part in a debate on issues key for Western States.  The trade association – which represents more than 1000 radio and television stations, including Capital Public Radio – is teaming up with Arizona and Nevada broadcasters for the project.  C-B-A President Stan Statham says it would be a roundtable – rather than the typical debate format with podiums and time limits:

“We like candidates to talk to and interrupt each other as opposed to ok – you make your two minute statement now you make your 2 minute-statement, now you make your one-minute rebuttal – boring.”

Statham says there would be two separate debates – one for each party’s candidates.  He says the events would likely be in Los Angeles in the fall, if the candidates agree to them.