Indiana Debate Commission to host televised U.S. Senate debate October 16


The Indiana Debate Commission will host a live televised U.S. Senate debate in this fall’s midterm election. The debate, to be held Sunday, October 16, will include all three candidates on the ballot: incumbent Senator Todd Young (R) and challengers Thomas McDermott (D) and James Sceniak (L).

“The Commission is pleased to continue its long tradition as an independent, non-partisan, volunteer-driven organization focused solely on the goal of putting voters first,” said Commission President Elizabeth Bennion. “We have hosted debates for all of Indiana’s U.S. Senate contests since 2010 and look forward to a vigorous, engaging, and informative debate this fall.”

Broadcast time will be 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT. The debate will be conducted in the studios of WFYI-TV in Indianapolis, and a feed will be available for broadcast and live streaming by media outlets statewide.

Questions for candidates “will come primarily from Hoosier voters” and can be submitted online at through Sept. 30. After submission, the questions will be reviewed and selected by the commission.

The debate will be hosted by Laura Merrifield Wilson, an associate professor of political science at the University of Indianapolis. A member of the debate commission’s board, she also previously moderated a gubernatorial debate in 2016.

The Indiana Debate Commission is a non-partisan, statewide group of affiliate organizations dedicated to promoting debates at the state level. The Commission works with candidates, sponsors, venues, media and citizen groups to promote open, unbiased and transparent debates for Hoosier voters.