Dickinson College to Host U.S. Senate Debates

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Both livestreamed Republican and Democratic events to be held in late April

In the spirit of encouraging open dialogue and a transparent democracy, Dickinson is hosting upcoming debates with candidates from the Republican and Democratic parties seeking to fill the seat to be vacated by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA).

The senatorial debates come on the heels of the college hosting Pennsylvania’s first 2022 Republican gubernatorial primary debate in January.

“Our liberal-arts education gives us the opportunity to engage with different ideas, challenge our viewpoints and participate as engaged citizens,” says President John E. Jones ’77, P’11. “For our democracy to thrive, citizens must be educated about the candidates, and these debates provide an opportunity for our community and the Pennsylvania electorate to learn more about those who are on the ballot.”

Sponsored by Spotlight PA—an independent newsroom combining the resources of The Philadelphia Inquirer with those of PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and WITF Public Media—the debates will allow candidates to participate in a 90-minute open forum to discuss issues that affect both Pennsylvania and the wider nation.

  • April 25, 7 p.m.: The Democratic U.S. Senate debate will be held at the Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium and will feature candidates John Fetterman, Malcolm Kenyatta, Alexandria Khalil and Conor Lamb.
  • April 26, 7 p.m.: The Republican U.S. Senate debate also will be held at ATS and will feature Kathy Barnette, Jeff Bartos, George Bochetto, Sean Gale and Carla Sands. Other candidates also may be added.

The debates will not be open to the public, but a limited number of students will be able to attend in-person through a raffle. The debates will also be broadcast live on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) and will be available via online streaming through several news websites.


Published April 15, 2022