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Oregon To Host Key Primary Season GOP Debate

Oregon will host a key Republican presidential debate to be held this spring in the thick of the primary season, the state’s GOP party announced Wednesday.

The Oregon GOP will sponsor the debate in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting and The Washington Times. NPR and PBS will make the debate available to member stations across the country in a live broadcast at 6 pm on Monday, March 19 from OPB’s studios in Portland.

The debate will be aired on public radio and television to reach “all Americans,” not just cable customers, the GOP said in its news release.

State Republican Party chair, Allen Alley, says he’s looking forward to having the candidates in Oregon.

“One of these people very well could be the next President of the United States. And it will give us a chance to hear from these folks on these western issues,” Alley said.

Alley expects the Republican field will likely be cut to two or three, by the time the Oregon debate happens next March. But he says it’s possible there’ll be only one candidate, and no debate, as a result.

The 270 television stations affiliated with PBS reach 99 percent of the U.S. population and are watched by 124 million people each month. NPR stations reach more than 34 million listeners each week.

It will also be made available to international audiences through outlets like the BBC, Voice of America and Armed Forces Radio and TV.

Spanish translation will also be made available on secondary channels, the announcement said.

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OPB Press release