U.S. Senate debate set

The three major candidates in the upcoming U.S. Senate race will participate in a televised forum Oct. 14, event organizers announced Monday.

It is the first announced forum featuring all three major candidates — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and two Republican challengers, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness — in advance of November balloting.

Forum organizers are the Council for a Better Louisiana and Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

It will air from Centenary College in Shreveport from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on LPB stations around the state.

CABL based participation on whether candidates had received at least 5 percent support in a recognized nonpartisan or news media poll prior to the debate; or raised and spent at least $250,000 in campaign contributions, established a campaign committee with a treasurer and campaign staff, and filed campaign finance reports with the Federal Elections Commission prior to the debate.

Broadcast of the debate is underwritten by AARP with additional support provided by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce.

“We feel that providing this opportunity for voters to examine more closely the candidates for public office is an important part of our mission,” LPB President Beth Courtney said in a news release. CABL President Barry Erwin noted the group’s nearly two decades of partnering with LPB on the debates.

“We believe we have established a strong track record of producing informative , issues-oriented discussions that help citizens better understand where the candidates stand on important matters,” Erwin said.

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