Arizona U.S. Senate Candidates Mark Kelly, Martha McSally To Debate Oct. 6

By Ben Giles
Published: Monday, September 14, 2020 - 7:27am
Updated: Monday, September 14, 2020 - 2:56pm

Mark Kelly and Martha McSally
Mark Kelly for Senate, McSally for Senate
Mark Kelly and Martha McSally.

Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally and Democrat Mark Kelly will participate in one debate this fall.

They’ll debate domestic policy, including the country’s response to COVID-19 and the social justice movement, as well as foreign policy and Arizona issues.

The Oct. 6 debate comes one day before early voting begins in Arizona in one of the country’s most-watched U.S. Senate races.

McSally never won her place in the Senate. She lost a race for an open seat in 2018 to Kyrsten Sinema, but was later appointed to the other seat left vacant by the late Sen. John McCain.

Polls show McSally struggling in her bid to retain the seat against Kelly, the husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.

The Citizens Clean Election Commission is sponsoring the 90-minute debate. The event is being organized by KJZZ; the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com; Arizona PBS and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University; and Arizona Public Media, southern Arizona's PBS and public radio station.

KJZZ's Steve Goldstein will be one of four moderators.

KJZZ will livestream the debate on KJZZ.org and broadcast it on 91.5 FM.

Check back for updates on the debate time and format.

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