High stakes Senate debate to air live on TV stations across Tennessee

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Senate candidates Marsh Blackburn (R) and Phil Bredesen (D) will face off Wednesday for a much-anticipated debate that will be the last one before election day.

The live televised debate starts at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central at The Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, on the UT Campus in Knoxville, Tenn. 

There will not be a studio audience. Instead, The Baker Center is holding a remote viewing party at Cox Auditorium, where doors open at 7 p.m. 

The moderator is Katina Rankin, WATN-TV, Memphis.

Panelists are Kristin Farley, WATE-TV, Knoxville, Richard Ransom, WATN-TV, Memphis, and Bob Mueller, WKRN-TV, Nashville. 

The one-hour debate will air live on Nexstar TV stations and their affiliates across the state:

WATE-TV (ABC), WATN-TV (ABC), WKRN-TV (ABC), WJHL-TV (CBS/ABC), WJKT-TV (FOX) and WAMY-MyNet in addition to broadcast partner WTVC-TV (ABC), plus NPR radio 91.9fm WUOT 

The debate will air on a tape delay basis on C-SPAN.  

The candidates will not be allowed to bring in notes, papers or campaign material on stage. No electronic devices will be allowed on the stage. They will be provided a blank notebook, pen, and water at their podiums.

Bredesen’s team won the card draw last week, so the former governor will get the first question.  

Each candidate will be asked the same questions. They will get 60 seconds to answer and 30 seconds to respond, clarify or refute information stated by their opponent. 

The Senate debate is drawing a national audience. Reporters from ABC News, The Washington Post, and Fox Business Network have been credentialed along with journalists from a dozen more media outlets. 

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