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Sasse, from left, Jenkins and Domina
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Watson, from left, Burdorf and Macek

Republican candidate Ben Sasse said Monday that North Platte will be the site of a fourth debate between Senate candidates Sept. 14, hosted by Nebraska Education Television News and the Nebraska Broadcasters Association.

Sasse will take the stage at the North Platte High School theater with Democrat Dave Domina, Independents Jim Jenkins and Todd Watson. Dan Buhrdorf of the Tax Wall Street party is also expected to be in the group,along with Dennis Macek, an Independent candidate from Lincoln who is concerned about global warming.

Buhrdorf has not officially received a place on the November ballot, but he said Aug. 11 that he turned in 20% more signatures than needed to qualify.

The debate in North Platte will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at the high school. It will be broadcast statewide live on NET Television, NET Radio and streamed live on the NET website.

In late July, Domina called for a debate every 10 days before the November election. Sasse has consistently advocated for four debates before the start of early voting. Early voting begins Oct. 4 -- 30 days before the traditional Election Day, Nov. 4.

“With more opportunities to hear from candidates than in past years, Nebraskans will have a real conversation about where each candidate stands on the issues that matter,” said Tyler Grassmeyer, Sasse’s campaign manager.

The first debate was June 2 at the American Legion Cornhusker Boys and Girls State in Lincoln between Sasse and Domina. A second debate was held Aug. 7 with the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce in Ashland.

The third debate will be Monday, Aug. 25 with all six candidates. The 90-minute debate is open to Nebraska State Fair attendees and will be held in the Heartland Events Center. The doors open at 6 p.m. 

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/18/2014
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