Today, Strickland for Senate Campaign Manager Rebecca Pearcey and Portman for Senate Campaign Manager Corry Bliss released the following joint statement announcing an agreement to participate in three debates in Youngstown, Cleveland and Columbus in October:
“These debates will provide Ohioans the opportunity to learn and evaluate where both candidates stand on the critical issues facing our state and our country. We hope that these debates will help inform voters about the choice they are facing in November in the Senate race, to encourage individuals to participate in our democracy, and will offer an opportunity to hear directly from the candidates. Former Governor Strickland and Senator Portman are both looking forward to participating in these debates and the opportunity to share their message with Ohioans.”
The campaigns have agreed to the following locations, dates and sponsors: October 14th in Youngstown for a debate sponsored by WFMJ and The Vindicator; October 17th in Columbus for a debate sponsored by 10TV and the Columbus Dispatch; and October 20th in Cleveland for a debate sponsored by the Cleveland City Club and Scripps ABC.
The campaigns have also agreed to the following format for debates: one hour debates with 90 second answers, 90 second responses, 30 second rebuttals, and two-minute opening and closing statements. There will be no candidate-to-candidate questions. The campaigns will work with debate hosts and mutually agree on moderators and panelists.