Plans for a televised debate in the 2nd District U.S. House race will go forward, even though Republican contender Jackie Walorski plans to forgo the event.
Democrat Brendan Mullen and Libertarian Joe Ruiz have agreed to take part in the debate co-sponsored by Indiana University South Bend’s American Democracy Project and Political Science Club. Walorski, though, opted not to take part.
That threw into flux whether the IUSB debate would go ahead, but Elizabeth Bennion, the IUSB political science professor helping organize it, said in a press release Saturday that the plans are proceeding. The debate, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of South Bend and to be televised by public television station WNIT is set for Oct. 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
It’s within Walorski’s rights to accept or decline an invite, said Bennion, who maintains an open invitation for the Republican. But as head of IUSB’s American Democracy Project she said she’s “eager to give voters an opportunity to hear the candidates on their ballot and compare them side-by-side.”
Walorski informed Bennion last week that she wouldn’t take part in the IUSB debate, opting instead to participate in two other debates, one sponsored by the Wabash Chamber of Commerce, the other by WSBT Radio.
IUSB and the League of Women Voters of South Bend sponsored televised debates in the 2nd District races in 2010 and 2008.