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Banks, Tritch agree to WANE-TV debate

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - After much debating over debates, Republican Congressman Jim Banks will face Democrat Courtney Tritch in a WANE-TV debate leading up to the November 6 election.

The debate is set for Friday, November 2 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on WANE-TV. NewsChannel 15's Dirk Rowley and Terra Brantley will moderate with a list of questions covering local and national topics.

WANE.com will offer pre-debate and post-debate coverage.

In August, Courtney Tritch went on the offensive, calling on Congressman Banks to agree to four debates in the fall. Banks told NewsChannel 15 then he was looking forward to debating, but nothing was yet set in stone.

After many conversations, both campaigns agreed to the November date, just days before the November 6 election. 

Both campaigns also shared statements with NewsChannel 15 after the debate was confirmed. 

From the Banks campaign: 

"Never before in the history of Indiana’s third district has there been a
greater contrast than in this race for Congress between conservative
Congressman Jim Banks and pro-abortion liberal activist Courtney Tritch.
Republican Congressman Banks looks forward to debating Democrat candidate
Tritch because northeast Indiana voters deserve to know that their values
will be represented in Congress, not the values of Bernie Sanders, Nancy
Pelosi and the left wing of the Democrat party." - Steve Justus, Campaign Manager

From the Tritch campaign: 

"We want to thank WANE-TV for their professionalism and transparency in these debate negotiations. Over the last several months, thousands of voters from across northeast Indiana have demanded debates, and we are happy to deliver. While it is disappointing that Rep. Banks refuses to face voters in a live audience, as has been the case for all WANE debates for over a decade, we believed it was more important to get this on the calendar now, then to engage in political games. We look forward to discussing the issues that voters care about most such as affordable healthcare, strong public schools, and high-wage jobs."    - David Myles, Campaign Manager

 


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