Today, Nevada Congresswoman Jacky Rosen’s campaign for U.S. Senate announced that we have accepted a general election debate with Sen. Dean Heller scheduled for Friday, October 19 hosted by KLAS Las Vegas (CBS), KTVN Reno (CBS) and Univision in Las Vegas and Reno. We are looking forward to a spirited and substantive debate focused on the issues that will give Nevada voters across the state an opportunity to see the significant differences between the candidates. In June, the Rosen campaign had called for one of the Senate debates to be hosted by KLAS and moderated by Steve Sebelius and had also insisted that at least one of the debates be hosted by a Spanish-language station.
The Rosen campaign is also proposing an alternative host for another statewide televised debate from Reno to replace Sinclair Broadcast Group, which donated to Heller’s campaign in June 2018. In a letter being sent today to the Heller for Senate campaign, the Rosen campaign is proposing that either KNPB (PBS) or KOLO (ABC) serve as the debate host, and that the debate be held in a town hall format. The Rosen campaign requested in June that debates be held in a town hall setting so Nevada’s voters have the opportunity to ask questions directly of the candidates, a request the Heller campaign has so far ignored. This would ensure a second debate is hosted and moderated in Northern Nevada with a neutral debate stage for both candidates. In his 2012 race, Heller participated in a debate at KNPB’s studio in Reno.
“There are major differences between how Jacky Rosen and Dean Heller will serve Nevadans in the Senate over the next six years, and this upcoming debate will illuminate the clear contrast in this race,” said Rosen for Nevada campaign manager Danny Kazin. “Nevadans across the state should hear directly from their candidates for U.S. Senate, and having fair hosts for these debates is critical to ensuring voters can properly evaluate the candidates and make that informed decision.”
Read the letter being sent to Heller’s campaign:
We are glad to hear the Heller campaign is also accepting the debate with CBS and Univision that we proposed in June, and we are hoping to agree on terms for a second televised debate in Reno. We understand how important it is for voters across Nevada to hear from both candidates. We hope Senator Heller will stop shying away from the voters of this state and agree to a debate in which Nevada voters have the chance to ask questions of and hear directly from their candidates on a neutral debate stage.
We are proposing an alternative host instead of Sinclair Broadcast Group for another statewide televised debate from Reno. We believe either KNPB (PBS) or KOLO (ABC) would be able to serve as the debate host, and we are again calling for the debate to be held in a town hall format. We had requested in June that debates be held in a town hall setting so Nevada voters have the opportunity to ask questions directly of the candidates. You will recall that Senator Heller participated in a debate at KNPB’s studio in his 2012 race.
We believe this will ensure a second debate is hosted and moderated in Northern Nevada with a neutral debate host that both candidates can agree on.
We look forward to your reply, and hopefully we can work out further details over the coming weeks.
Rosen for Nevada