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Senate debate tonight in Wausau


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – You can see the U.S. Senate candidates debate tonight in Wausau.

Democrat Russ Feingold and Republican Ron Johnson will face off in an hourlong debate at 7 p.m. at UW-Marathon County. The debate will be moderated by Wisconsin Public Radio reporter Glen Moberg. Anchors Erik Mrotek of WSAW-TV 7 and Pam Warnke of WAOW-TV 9 and Wausau Daily Herald reporter Rob Mentzer will serve on a media panel that asks questions.

Moberg expects to raise the economy, the national debt, health care reform and foreign policy during the debate. Candidates will respond separately to questions posed by the panelists. Then the candidates can speak to each other for three to five minutes during a free-form format.

“The most exciting aspect of this debate is the opportunity for both candidates to question each other, refute each other’s comments, to talk to each other directly without the filter of a reporter or moderator between them,” Moberg said.

Audience members will not have a chance to ask questions.

The debate, much like the campaign itself, has attracted national media attention. National print and broadcast organizations are expected to cover the debate.

Tonight’s debate will be the second time that Feingold and Johnson will have taken each other on before the November 2nd election. The two debated Friday night in Milwaukee and are scheduled to debate again October 22nd.