Republican U.S. Senate Candidates to Debate in Gering Jan. 29

1/22/2014 7:50:21 AM

The four Republican Party candidates seeking election to the U.S. Senate will share a stage for the first time as part of a candidate debate scheduled for Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. (MST) at the Gering Civic Center. The debate is sponsored by the Nebraska Republican Party in partnership with the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF). Candidates participating in the debate include Sid Dinsdale, Bart McLeay, Shane Osborn and Ben Sasse. 

“This is an opportunity for Nebraska voters to get familiar with all of our candidates in the U.S. Senate race and to get a better sense of who they are and where they stand on the different issues that affect Nebraska,” said J.L. Spray, Nebraska Republican Party chairman. 

“We believe it is important that Nebraska voters have the opportunity to learn as much as they can about our U.S. Senate candidates and this debate will provide an opportunity for our members and others to hear directly from the Republican candidates in the race about their perspective on key issues related to agriculture,” said Steve Nelson, NFBF president.

The debate is open to the public, but seating is limited, so tickets for participation are required. Tickets may be obtained by contacting the Nebraska Republican Party. For those outside of the Gering area, the debate will also be aired live on several radio stations across the panhandle and through live audio and video streaming on the internet. 

Candidates will answer questions related to farm policy, immigration, federal tax reform, health care reform and national defense.

“We are extremely excited to partner with so many of the media outlets in western Nebraska and the Nebraska Farm Bureau to give voters this opportunity. The great part is any Nebraskan interested in learning more about the Republican candidates will be able to hear and see this debate first-hand and we hope Nebraskans will take advantage of this important opportunity,” said Spray.

For debate tickets contact the Nebraska Republican Party at 402-475-2122 or email Nebraska Farm Bureau members may also contact Kylee Planer for tickets at 402-421-4485 or

Live radio coverage of the event will include:

  • KNEB Radio, AM 960 - Scottsbluff
  • KRVN Radio, AM 880 - Lexington
  • KOLT Radio, AM 1320 and KHYY FM 106.9 – Scottsbluff/Gering
  • KICX Radio, FM 96.1 – McCook
  • KODY Radio, AM 1240 – North Platte
Live Internet stream:  


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