From Mark Kirk for Senate:
NORTHBROK (WIFR) -– Congressman Mark Kirk has proposed seven U.S. Senate debates and candidate forums beginning August 21 in Ottawa, Illinois – the date and location of the first of seven Lincoln-Douglas debates back in 1858.
“Our country faces serious issues at home and abroad,” says Kirk. “I look forward to a thoughtful series of debates and forums to discuss the complex economic and foreign policy challenges before us while demonstrating the clear choice facing voters in this election.”
In addition to a foreign policy debate on August 21 in Ottawa and an economic policy debate on October 15 in Alton – the dates and locations of the first and last Lincoln-Douglas debates – the Kirk campaign’s proposal includes:
August 21: A foreign policy focused debate in Ottawa hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
August 22: A Middle East policy candidate forum in Northbrook hosted by To Protect Our Heritage.
August 25: An agriculture and jobs candidate forum in Bloomington hosted by the Illinois Farm Bureau.
September 2: A wide-ranging debate in Springfield (proposed hosts: WICS-TV, the Citizens Club of Springfield and the University of Illinois-Springfield).
October 15: An economic policy-focused debate in Alton (proposed host: KTVI Fox, St. Louis).
October 19: A wide-ranging debate in Chicago, hosted by the League of Women Voters and ABC 7.
October 21: A wide-ranging debate in Carbondale (proposed hosts: Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, WSIU-TV and the Southern Illinoisan).