If you are still confused, in doubt, or just need a little more edification, ABC7 Chicago, in conjunction with the Woman League of Voters and the Illinois Broadcasters Association, will be coming to the voter’s rescue televising two political debates.
“VOTE 2010: THE CANDIDATES DEBATE,” produced by Christopher Bowen, will be aired on ABC7 Chicago and designed to give voters a last look at Illinois candidates before Election Day. The U.S.Senate debate will be broadcast tonight, October 19, from 10:35-11:30 pm and hosted by Good Morning America anchor and ABC Chief Political Correspondent George Stephanopoulos.
On Wednesday, October 20, Chicagoans can see the gubernatorial candidates in action. ABC 7 anchor/reporter Ron Magers is set to moderate the second debate from 10:35-11:35 pm that will be broadcast from ABC channel 7.
Previous debates have been “down and dirty,” with candidates going after each other in heated exchanges. There has been mud slinging, accusations, and personal attacks. But so far, viewers are left without specifics on important issues. Voters want to hear clearly defined plans by candidates to attack Illinois’ $13 billion deficit, as well as how they propose to get people back to work, create more jobs, protect citizens, fund education, and maintain medicaid for the elderly.
The hour-long debates can also be seen on ABC 7’s 7.2 Channel, kicking off at 7 pm, in addition to a live stream from abc7chicago.com. Comcast viewers can catch the debates on channel 217, Wide Open West channel 219, and RCN channel 618.
Both debates will include a panel of judges directing pertinent questions of interest to the candidate hopefuls. The topics will pertain to Illinois voter’s concerns on important issues. ABC 7’s political editor, Charles Thomas; Better Government Association’s executive director Andy Shaw; and the Daily Herald’s political reporter Kerry Lester will sit on the panel for tonight’s senatorial debate.
The gubernatorial challenge on Wednesday, Oct. 20 will feature political columnist Rebecca Sanchez of Extra News Bilingual, with Thomas and Shaw joining Sanchez on the panel asking questions for the evening. Both broadcasts will be commercial-free.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see and hear the senatorial and gubernatorial candidates live and close-up, perhaps getting some of your questions answered or issues clarified in what is sure to be a spirited showdown for Chicago residents.