Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
August 14, 2003
Debate date changed to September 24, 2003
CSUS to host
statewide recall candidate debate
More information is available from CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156 or
the California Broadcasters Association at (916) 444-2237 or www.cabroadcasters.org.
Seating at the debate will be by invitation.
Broadcasters Association, representing the 962 television and radio stations
throughout the state, today announced plans to host a statewide debate on Wednesday,
Sept. 17 at California State University, Sacramento to prepare Californians
for the upcoming special election.
The debate has been designed to provide California voters with an opportunity
to educate themselves about the recall, the candidates running for governor,
and important issues affecting the state. It is sponsored by the broadcaster’s
association and CSUS.
“The broadcasters are honored to play a vital role educating California
voters in the upcoming special election,” said Stan Statham, President/CEO
of the California Broadcasters Association. “This debate will most likely
provide California voters the only chance to see and hear from the candidates
in a live, unfiltered format.”
The 90-minute debate will be available to all California radio and television
stations, and will also be offered in Spanish and with closed caption capabilities.
“Because of the unique nature of this election, the California Broadcasters
Association is breaking ground, proposing a new format and structure for the
debate,” Statham said. “We are forgoing the traditional podium scenario
to bring California voters a ‘conversational give and take’ roundtable
environment, including questions asked by everyday Californians on important
issues impacting our state.”
The broadcaster’s association is also producing a 30-minute program to
increase voter awareness of the upcoming recall election. The program will feature
segments by Secretary of State Kevin Shelley and opponents and proponents of
the recall election. Gov Gray Davis will also be given the opportunity to appeal
to voters and provide his perspective on the recall election.
A 90-minute debate, sponsored by the California Broadcasters Association and
California State University, Sacramento will provide viewers and listeners with
an opportunity to educate themselves about the recall election, the candidates
running for governor, and critical issues affecting the state. The statewide
debate, available to all radio and television stations, will give California
voters one of the few, if not the only chance, to see and hear the candidates
in a live, unfiltered format. The debate will be available in Spanish and closed
Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. (PDT).
On the campus of California State University, Sacramento.
On Wednesday, Aug. 13, the Secretary of State announced the certification of
135 gubernatorial candidates to appear on the Oct. 7 ballot. Because producing
a debate featuring all of the certified candidates is unrealistic, the California
Broadcasters Association will recommend inviting candidates who have a reasonable
chance of winning. Any candidate receiving at least 10 percent support in the
Field Poll, the Public Policy Institute of California poll or the Los Angeles
Times poll prior to Sept. 5 will be invited to participate in the statewide
debate. If a total of six candidates do not meet this criteria, an independent
poll conducted by the California State University will survey undecided voters
to determine which of the remaining candidates – those who polled between
5 and 10 percent – are preferred to participate in the debate. Qualifying
candidates will be announced by the California Broadcasters Association on Sept.
For this election cycle, the California Broadcasters Association will break
the pattern of the past to introduce a new format and structure for the special
election debate – one that will forgo the traditional podium debate scenario
and present viewers with a “conversational give and take” roundtable
environment. The debate will be composed of six candidates and one moderator.
Broadcasters Association will also offer a new process for the selection of
questions to be answered by the candidates participating in the debate. California
voters will have the opportunity to submit public policy questions on postcards
to: California Decides 2003, 915 L Street #C440, Sacramento, CA 95814. Voters
whose questions are selected will be videotaped in their hometown prior to the
debate with the questions being featured during the live debate. The selected
questions will be provided to the candidates and the public in advance to maximize