By DAVID BORAKS
Davidson College has landed a starring role in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate campaign, as host of a televised debate next month among candidates for the Republican nomination. The GOP hopefuls will go at it in a 1-hour debate on Tuesday, April 22, at 7pm airing live from the college’s 600-seat Duke Family Performance Hall.
The forum is being organized by the state’s two major newspapers, The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer of Raleigh, along with Time Warner Cable News.
The eight Republican candidates hoping for a chance to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan have been invited to the debate: Ted Alexander, Alex Bradshaw, Greg Brannon, Heather Grant, Mark Harris, Edward Kryn, Jim Snyder and Thom Tillis.
Tim Boyum, anchor of Time Warner’s “Capital Tonight,” will moderate.
Davidson was chosen after organizers searched for a suitable location. The college is splitting the cost, hosting a post-debate reception, and providing technical help to Time Warner Cable, which will produce the TV broadcast, college spokesman Bill Giduz said.
“It’s a great opportunity for students to see politics in action … and to get the different points of view of these candidates,” Giduz said.
The debate will be free and open to the public, though tickets will be required. (Tickets will be available through a website that hasn’t opened yet. We’ll provide an update when they become available.)
Time Warner Cable News North Carolina will show the debate live on channel 1114, and stream it live at www.news14carolina.com and via the TWC News app. It will also be live streamed on charlotteobserver.com and newsobserver.com.
“Debates are an important part of the political process and Time Warner Cable News North Carolina will present this debate as a service to voters so they can decide who they want representing them in D.C.,” Bernie Han, Time Warner Cable VP of News, said in a press release.