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Posted 13 Nov 2012

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) has invited candidates in four races to participate in “Election 2012: The Debates,” which will tape and air Oct. 23 and 25.

All debates will be held at the AETN studios, 350 South Donaghey, on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway. Debates will be 60 minutes unless otherwise noted.

Seating is limited, and seats may be reserved by calling 800-662-2386. Doors will open one hour prior to taping times.

Any media representatives interested in attending and covering the debates are welcome and should note the included guidelines.

All four of the debates are offered free to any Arkansas media outlet that provides a written request for permission to use the shows in their entirety. The programs must be identified both by announcement and by caption as a production from “AETN” or “the Arkansas Educational Television Network.” Video and audio portions may be used in news reports, but no audio portions may be lifted and used out of context in anyway. You may take the signal off-air or request a dub in most formats. All expense for copies of the debates will be covered by AETN.

For more information, visit “Election 2012: The Debates” is sponsored in part by AARP Arkansas and UCA.

* denotes incumbent

Tuesday    10/23    U.S. Congressional District 1    

Scott Ellington (D), Jacob Holloway (G) and Jessica Paxton (L)

*Rick Crawford (R) is not scheduled to attend   

Tape: 10 a.m.   Air: 60 minutes 7 p.m.

Tuesday    10/23    U.S. Congressional District 2    

*Tim Griffin (R), Chris Hayes (L), Herb Rule (D) and Barbara Ward (G)   

Tape: 2 p.m.   Air: 90 minutes    8 p.m.

Thursday    10/25    U.S. Congressional District 3    

Rebekah J. Kennedy (G), David Pangrac (L) and *Steve Womack (R)   

Tape: 10 a.m.    Air: 7 p.m.

Thursday    10/25    U.S. Congressional District 4    

Thomas Cotton (R), Joshua Drake (G), Gene Jeffress (D) and Bobby Tullis (L)   

Tape:2 p.m. Air: 90 minutes    8 p.m.


Steve Barnes


U.S. Congressional District 1    U.S. Congressional District 2

Chris Wessel, Jonesboro Sun    

Malcolm Glover, KUAR

Frank Wallis, Baxter Bulletin, Mountain Home    

Jacob Brower, The Daily Citizen, Searcy

Christina Verderosa, DeWitt Era-Enterprise    

Lance Turner, Arkansas Business

U.S. Congressional District 3    U.S. Congressional District 4

Preston Tolliver, The Courier, Russellville    

Sherry Kelley, Daily Siftings Herald, Arkadelphia

TBD, Harrison Daily Times    

Michael Lee, Pine Bluff Commercial

Doug Thompson, Northwest Arkansas Newspapers  



All media attending the debates should arrive one hour prior to the scheduled taping.

A pool feed will be available. Bring your own deck. No TV cameras allowed inside the studio. DVDs of the debates will also be available immediately following each debate. Contact Michael Clay at (501) 682-4194 if you have any questions about video.

Still photographers will be allowed to shoot from aisles in studio. No flashes. Do not block audience members’ view. No autowinders. Remember that the sound of your camera is easily heard.

Press passes for debates in the AETN studios are available from Tiffany Verkler, AETN Promotions Supervisor, (501) 682-4157 or

Reporters seated in the audience will be escorted from their seats to the interview room after the debates. Reporters will not be allowed to talk to candidates before the debate.

Any other inquiries should be directed to Tiffany L. Verkler, AETN Promotions Supervisor, at (501) 682-4157 or