Journal readers urged to tune into Senate debate

An editorial from The Journal

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — For a full hour on the evening of Oct. 7, the two leading candidates for a Senate seat from West Virginia will answer questions about various issues important to state residents.

Perhaps one of the questions will come from you.

Rep. Shelley Capito, R-W.Va., and Democrat Secretary of State Natalie Tennant are seeking the Senate seat, replacing Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who is retiring. The two have agreed to just one debate this fall.

It will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 7, and will be carried live on Public Broadcasting television and radio stations throughout the state. The event is being sponsored by the West Virginia Press Association, AARP West Virginia, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the West Virginia MetroNews Radio Network.

Tennant and Capito will meet at the Clay Center in Charleston for the debate.

Often, questions at candidate debates are prepared solely by those sponsoring the events. This one will be different. West Virginians are being asked to submit questions they would like to hear answered by Capito and Tennant.

Six general topics are to be covered during the debate. They are:

International relations and national security.

Health care, including Medicare, Medicaid and care for veterans.

Energy issues and the environment.

Federal regulations, economic development and job creation.

Senior issues, Social Security and retirement.

Social programs/wel-fare.

If you would like to submit a question for Tennant and Capito, you can do so by emailing it to [email protected]. Questions also can be submitted through Twitter by using the hashtag #WVSenateDebate.

We encourage readers to watch and/or listen to the debate – and to help in the process of preparing questions for the candidates.

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