For Immediate Release
April 1, 2008
INDIANAPOLISThe Indiana Debate Commission extended invitations today to the campaigns of Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama for a presidential primary debate in Indiana. The debate would take place after the Pennsylvania Primary and before the May 6 Indiana Primary.
Details regarding the exact date, time and location are still to be determined. The debate would be carried nationally by PBS and CNN and would be available to any broadcast station in Indiana, through the Indiana Debate Commission.
It is precisely for opportunities such as this that the Indiana Debate Commission was formed. We want to give Hoosiers the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates in an open debate before the historic May 6th Primary, said Kevin Finch, president of the Indiana Debate Commission and news director of CBS affiliate WISH-TV in Indianapolis.
The Commission has yet to hear from either campaign but the official invitations were set to arrive at their offices just this afternoon.
Indiana Debate Commission affiliates include:
Indiana Coalition for Open Government
Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors
Indianapolis Association of Black Journalists
Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Marion County Alliance of Neighborhood Associations
The Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations
The Indiana Broadcasters Foundation
Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
League of Women Voters of Indiana
The Radio-Television News Directors Association
Hoosier State Press Association
Indiana State Bar Association
About the Indiana Debate Commission
The Indiana Debate Commission is a non-partisan, statewide group of affiliate organizations dedicated to promoting debates at the state level. Incorporated in the fall of 2007, the IDC will work with candidates, sponsors, venues and citizen groups to promote open, unbiased and transparent debates for Hoosier voters. For more information:
Kevin Finch, President, Indiana Debate Commission
News Director, WISH-TV (CBS, LIN TV)