Primetime Debate on Sunday at ABC 6

Primetime Debate on Sunday at ABC 6 Photo: KSTP.

October 21, 2018 02:31 PM

(KSTP) -- ABC 6 will air a three-hour long, commercial free debate on Sunday, Oct. 21.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS is pleased to present the 2018 attorney general, United States Senate and Minnesota gubernatorial debates on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018.


These debates will be broadcast live throughout Minnesota on KSTP-TV, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS; WDIO-TV in Duluth; KAAL-TV in Rochester; WDAY-Xtra in Fargo, North Dakota; and KDLT-TV Antenna sub channel, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The entire debate will also be streamed live on

The debate will air from 7-10 p.m. on the stations listed above without commercial interruption.

The debate is sponsored in part by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, Metropolitan State University, the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Prosperity's Front Door and the Citizens League, in partnership with the Minneapolis Regional Chamber, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Twin West Chamber of Commerce.

The venue is the Great Hall on the Metropolitan State University campus located in St. Paul. The debate will be taking place with a live audience and the seating for the debate is by invitation only.

Those wanting to discuss the debates on social media can use the following hashtag: #KSTPDebateDay.

This debate has been months in the making. From the start, it's been our goal to bring the candidates together to help you make an informed decision in November. Unfortunately, one of the candidates will not be present. Democrat Tina Smith declined our invitation to participate due to a “complicated schedule.” We will still feature a 15-minute interview with her opponent, Republican Karin Housley.

Five Eyewitness News understands having a single candidate in a debate may give the impression of unfairness to a candidate who does not participate. We believe it would be unfair to Minnesota voters to allow one candidate not appearing on the only statewide, primetime debate to silence his or her opponent in this important race. We will always put Minnesota citizens first.

Senator Klobuchar originally declined our invitation as well. That prompted two of our debate partners to withdraw their support. They are the "North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters" and the "Service Employees International Union."
The two organizations released a statement Thursday, which reads in part "We appreciated the idea of business and labor putting aside our differences for a night to hear from candidates about issues facing Minnesota families." The statement goes on to say "We no longer are comfortable having our names on this event and are dropping our sponsorship for this debate."

On Friday, Senator Klobuchar and challenger Jim Newberger confirmed a debate in that senate race, and voters will see it Sunday evening, along with the other candidate debates. We reached back out to both unions for a response and have yet to hear back.

KSTP will also be airing candidate debates and interviews from 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. of all U.S. House of Representatives districts in Minnesota, and Wisconsin's 7th District. The debates will be aired without commercial interruption, and will also be streamed on


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