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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 1:15 am

The November general election is only 33 days away. During October, there will be at least 10 public debates and forums to help Hoosiers decide for whom to vote for major state and national offices.

Last night the first Presidential debate was held at the University of Denver. Jim Lehrer (host of NewsHour on PBS) moderated the debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney with questions focusing on domestic policy.

On Oct. 11, Vice Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan will debate 9-10:30 p.m. at Centre College in Danville Ky. Martha Raddatz (ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent) will moderate this debate on foreign and domestic policy.

The second Presidential debate will be 9-10:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in a town meeting format with questions including both foreign and domestic policy. Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent) will moderate this event held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

The final Presidential debate will be Oct. 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. Bob Schieffer (host of Face the Nation on CBS) will moderate and focus the discussion on foreign policy.

The Indiana Debate Commission, of which the LWV of Indiana is a part, will sponsor three debates among the three candidates for Governor: Republican Mike Pence, Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham.

The first will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in Zionsville at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center in front of a live audience. There is seating for up to 1,200.

The second debate will be 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in South Bend at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center with seating for up to 840.

The final gubernatorial debate will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in Fort Wayne in the studio at WFWA-TV. Although there will be no live audience, the debate can be viewed on PBS 39.

There are two tentative dates for United States Senate debates with Democrat Joe Donnelly, Libertarian Andrew Horning and Republican Richard Mourdock. The first is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 15 in Indianapolis at WFYI-TV in the studio with no live audience.

The second debate is planned for 7 p.m. Oct. 23 in New Albany at the Paul W Ogle Cultural & Community Center, Indiana University Southeast before a live audience.

“The Indiana Debate Commission is a non-partisan, statewide group representing 13 citizen and media affiliates dedicated to promoting debates at the state level. The volunteer commission, which incorporated in 2007 and is organized as a 501c3, works with candidates, venues and citizen groups to promote open, unbiased and transparent debates for Hoosier Voters.” Montgomery County native Carrie Sosbe is the LWV of Indiana representative on the Commission.

WBAA, the League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette and Greater Lafayette Commerce are sponsoring a debate among the candidates for Indiana 4th Congressional District: Todd Rokita, Republican incumbent, Tara Nelson, Democrat, and Benjamin Gelhausen, Libertarian. This will be held Oct. 22, 7-8 p.m.in the Mallett Theater (will seat 100) in the Pao Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts on the Purdue University Campus, 552 W. Wood St. in West Lafayette.

Free and open to the public, doors will open at 6:30 p.m. This debate will be covered live on radio broadcast through WBAA, 920 AM, and will be taped and accessible through the WBAA website following the event.

The League of Women Voters encourages all citizens to attend, watch on TV or listen on radio to as many of the debates as possible so you can be better informed on the issues and positions of candidates. Then be sure to vote.

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