Mary Bono Mack, Raul Ruiz To Debate Live on KMIR6
PALM DESERT, CA - KMIR6 and The Desert Sun are joining efforts for a live one-hour televised debated between incumbent Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R) and her congressional challenger, Democrat Dr. Raul Ruiz.
Bono Mack and Ruiz will face-off on Friday, October 12, 2012 and the debate will be seen live on KMIR6, the NBC affiliate of the Coachella Valley, and its sister station, KPSE My13, from 7-8 p.m. Pacific Time. The broadcast will also be streamed live on mydesert.com and kmir6.com.
Issues relevant to the Coachella Valley, including domestic and foreign policies, will be the main focus of the debate. Marc Troast, political director of Congresswoman Bono Mack's campaign, said, "Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack is looking forward to speaking directly to the voters and discussing the serious issues facing our country."
Dr. Ruiz is also ready to debate with the Congresswoman. He said, "We are excited the Congersswoman has agreed to debate. Rep. Mary Bono Mack has changed since she moved to Washington so many years ago, and voters deserve an open and honest debate
The live telecast marks the first time KMIR6 and The Desert Sun have partnered for a broadcast debate. "We're honored to be co-hosting a debate between Rep. Mary Bono Mack and Dr. Raul Ruiz," said Greg Burton, executive editor of The Desert Sun. "This is a pivotal contest in the national battle over control of the House of Representatives and a showcase for the caliber of candidates we can expect in the newly drawn 36th Congressional District," Burton continued.
Craig Marrs, vice president and general manager of KMIR6 and KPSE My13 agreed. "We are pleased to be able to give the community, as a public service, a chance to get to know the candidates' positions on important issues to the Coachella Valley," he said. "It's part of our ongoing 'Red, White and Blue 2012' election coverage commitment."
The format for the debate will include a panel of three questioners including moderator and KMIR6 anchor Gino Lamont, The Desert Sun political reporter Erica Felci, and KMIR6 anchor Elizabeth Beaubien.