TOPEKA – Kansans will have one chance to see their gubernatorial candidates face off in a debate in October.
The two main party candidates, Republican U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback and Democrat state Sen. Tom Holland faced off in a live debate Sept. 11 at the Kansas State Fair. That exchange was not televised.
Brownback’s campaign announced Tuesday he had agreed to two televised debates. Holland’s campaign has agreed to one debate, but declined a second debate hosted by WIBW scheduled for Oct. 13.
Both candidates have agreed to appear at a debate from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 on KWCH-TV.
The second debate Brownback agreed to will be broadcast live on WIBW-AM Radio’s On the Other Hand and on WIBW-TV on Wednesday, Oct. 13th from noon to 1 p.m.
In addition to Holland and Brownback, Reform Party candidate Ken Cannon and Libertarian Andrew Gray have been invited to participate.
Holland’s campaign has been pushing for more gubernatorial debates for several weeks.
“We have declined the WIBW Radio debate as it would be hosted by the same AM radio station that hosted the State Fair debate and moderated by people that in the last gubernatorial election the Topeka Capital Journal described as hosting ‘a politically conservative talk show that confronts guests,’” Holland’s campaign said in a written response.
Holland’s campaign proposed two other debates:
Channel 27 KSNT News Topeka, in conjunction with The Topeka Capital Journal, the McPherson Sentinel and offered to KSN News Wichita, KSHB Kansas City and C-Span. The date of this debate would be coordinated by the two major party candidate campaigns.
Smoky Hills Public Television, sponsored by the Fort Hays State American Democracy Project, a non-partisan group that seeks to build civic and community engagement. This debate would be carried by Smoky Hills Public Television and made available to every public television station in Kansas, as well as every network affiliate and statewide radio networks. The date of this debate will be coordinated by the two major party candidate campaigns. The participants will be determined by the debate sponsors.