5 Senate debates scheduled

GOP Sen. Norm Coleman, DFLer Al Franken and I-P candidate Dean Barkley have agreed to five debates. Here are the details:

Sunday, October 5

Location: Rochester

Sponsor: Debate Minnesota

Saturday, October 11

Location: Twin Cities

Sponsor: Debate Minnesota and KARE-11 and Kare11.com

Thursday, October 16

Location: Duluth

Sponsor: Debate Minnesota

Friday, October 24

Location: Almanac

Sponsor: Twin Cities Public Television

Sunday, November 2

Location: Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul

Sponsor: Minnesota Public Radio

The three campaigns acknowledge that, to reach agreement, each campaign made compromises in good faith regarding the number, venues, and formats of the debates. The candidates will not accept other debate invitations.

Specific times will be established and announced. The venues and panelists for the first three debates remain to be identified, and co-sponsors may be added. To promote substantive answers, the campaigns have agreed that, for the first three debates, each candidate will have two minutes to answer a question and one minute for rebuttal.

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