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OPB, Republicans, Moving Ahead With March 19 Debate

The Oregon Republican Party is moving ahead with plans for a March 19 debate in Portland. OPB and The Washington Times are media partners for the debate.

After CNN’s debate Wednesday night in Arizona, there were media reports it might be the last of the political season.

But as the Oregonian’s Jeff Mapes reported, Greg Leo, the chief of staff for the Oregon Republican Party, remains confident that the March 19th debate at Oregon Public Broadcasting’s studio will go on.

OPB issued this formal statement:

Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Washington Times are proceeding with plans for a debate in Portland on March 19th. The debate, currently slated as the last scheduled one of the primary season, will be broadcast nationwide on PBS and also carried on NPR. Ray Suarez , Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour, and Ralph Hallow, Senior National Correspondent, The Washington Times, will moderate. Invitations to the debate, which is sanctioned by the Republican National Committee and the Oregon Republican Party, have been sent to the candidates. No candidates have accepted as of Feb. 23.

Mapes said Leo described the Oregon debate as smaller, conversational and “intellectually-oriented.”