Jerry Moran and Todd Tiarht will finally meet, face-to-face, during the duo’s first of three scheduled debates tonight in Topeka. The Topeka NBC affiliate will be hosting the debate, along with The McPherson Sentinel and Topeka Capital-Journal, and will air the debate live starting at 6 p.m. tonight. The debate will be re-aired at 11:30 p.m. Sunday on the Wichita NBC affiliate station.
Tonight’s debate will surely set the tone for the second and third go-arounds, which are scheduled for next week in Wichita. Tiahrt is expected to come out swinging- no point in holding back now- but Moran’s response is still in question. Thus far, he has played the responder. Deflecting and turning around attacks from Tiahrt. Tonight will be his opportunity to take a punch but we think he’s better off playing the nice guys. Tiahrt has received a slew of criticism for his negative campaigning and attack ads.
The debate sponsors have collected questions from viewers so the topics of tonight’s event are unknown but will probably vary from what we hear in the following Wichita debates. The back-and-forth between the two candidates, which have only countered via television and E-mail, will surely be interesting and hopefully it will stay on topic and off the unnecessary extras.