SOUTH BEND -- The three men running to be Indiana's next governor will debate each other Oct. 17 at the University of Notre Dame.
The event with Democrat John Gregg, Republican Mike Pence and Libertarian Rupert Boneham is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
"One of the great benefits that a university offers to its community is to bring prominent people to campus for lectures and other presentations that are open to the public," said Tim Sexton, Notre Dame's associate vice president for public affairs. "We have always tried to do that here at Notre Dame with political, business, religious, educational and other leaders, and we are certainly happy to be selected to host one of the gubernatorial debates this fall."
Notre Dame also hosted a gubernatorial debate in 1988, when Democrat Evan Bayh was running against Republican John Mutz. The Associated Press Managing Editors and Associated Press Broadcasters of Indiana sponsored that event.
The Indiana Debate Commission, a nonpartisan group of 13 citizen and media affiliates, including Tribune executive editor Tim Harmon, organized three debates this year for the gubernatorial candidates. The two other debates will be Oct. 10 in Zionsville and Oct. 25 in Fort Wayne.
The commission organized two debates for the state's U.S. Senate race.
Democrat Joe Donnelly, Republican Richard Mourdock and Libertarian Andrew Horning are scheduled to face off Oct. 15 in Indianapolis and Oct. 23 in New Albany.
Information about tickets, moderators and format will be posted later on the commission's website and Facebook page. The debates will be streamed live on the commission's website and archived for later viewing as well.
There will be 840 seats available for the debate at Notre Dame.
People can submit questions for the debates at indianadebatecommission.com. Those who submit may be invited to ask their questions in person.
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