The nation will be watching the Ozarks in October.
U.S. Sen. Jim Talent and State Auditor Claire McCaskill agreed to a primetime televised debate in southwest Missouri on Monday night, October 16th.
The debate will take place at the studios of KY3-TV in Springfield. The debate will be sponsored by KY3, the Springfield News-Leader, Ozarks Public Television and KSMU Radio. KY3 News anchor Jerry Jacob will moderate the debate.
During the one-hour event, the candidates will take questions from a three member panel of journalists: KY3 political reporter David Catanese, News-Leader editorial page editor Tony Messenger, and KSMU Senior Governmental Affairs reporter Missy Shelton.
This debate is the second debate agreed to by the candidates. Talent and McCaskill will appear on Meet the Press with Tim Russert on Sunday October 8.
McCaskill debated Governor Blunt on KY3 back in 2004. The last time Senator Talent debated in Springfield was six years ago, when he was running for Governor against Bob Holden.
KY3 won the national Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism for its coverage of the 2004 election. KY3 hosted a debate in 2004 between Missouri candidates for Governor, Matt Blunt and Claire McCaskill.