Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Leahy/Freilich Debate

(Pictured: Vermont Edition staff and camera crews from Fox 44 and WPTZ in the VPR Studios for the Leahy/Freilich Debate)

This week, VPR hosted the only debate that the two Democratic U.S. Senate candidates will have this primary season. Incumbent Patrick Leahy agreed to one debate with challenger Dan Freilich.

The candidates answered questions from moderator Jane Lindholm on policy in Afghanistan, energy policy, dairy price stabilization, and the impact of the economic stimulus program. For most of the live debate, the candidates challenged each other directly with questions on health care reform, Iraq, job creation and the politics of the campaign. The final round of questions came from listeners, including questions on the affordability of college, immigration policy and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Leahy participated in the debate from Washington, D.C., where the Senate is debating the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Leahy was in a radio studio at the Democratic National Committee and Freilich was in VPR’s Colchester studio with Lindholm.

About 40,000 people tune in to Vermont Edition each week. VPR’s debate series continues in Vermont Edition, leading up to the August 24th Primary Election. Visit VPR's Campaign 2010 Page for debates, candidate interviews, and news from the primary season and general election.

Patti Daniels
Senior producer, Vermont Edition

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