The winners of the Aug. 2 Democratic and Republican primary elections for United States Senate will meet on Sept. 25 for a live televised debate at historic Cumberland University in Lebanon.
The Democratic primary pits Phil Bredesen, Gary Davis, and John Wolfe. On the Republican ballot, Rep. Marsha Blackburn will face Aaron Pettigrew.
The debate partners include Nashville Public Television, the Tennessee League of Women Voters, and the USA Today Network-Tennessee. The debate will be broadcast statewide on public television.
Tennessee League of Women Voters President Marian Ott stressed the importance of public engagement in the election process, adding this debate would help Tennessean’s make their choice at the polls in November.
“The League, as a nonpartisan organization, has worked since the 1920s to see greater involvement and informed engagement by citizens in the American electoral process,” Ott said in a press release announcing the debate. “In this age of social media and digital communications, events like this senatorial debate where voters hear directly from the candidates are increasingly important. The League is lending its full resources to the effort.”
Cumberland University is unique when it comes to Tennessee politics, with more than 30 past governors and U.S. senators having held degrees from the school.
Paul Stumb, president of Cumberland University, said the institution is the perfect setting for this debate: “Our university has a special place in Tennessee political history, and this race will help shape the future of our country. It is an important time for public engagement in the political process, and we are proud to help Tennesseans learn more about their choices at the ballot box this November.”