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KPBS To Host 52nd Congressional District Debate

Above: Brian Bilbray, Scott Peters and Lori Saldana, the three participants in KPBS' 52nd Congressional District debate.

Midday Edition

Live Debate - 52nd Congressional District


Brian Bilbray, Republican incumbent

Scott Peters, San Diego Unified Port District, Commissioner

Lori Saldana, former state Assemblywoman

Midday Edition airs Monday - Friday at noon on KPBS Radio.

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The three major candidates for the newly redrawn 52nd Congressional District will join in a debate held at KPBS Television's studios on Wednesday at noon.

Republican incumbent Brian Bilbray will square off against Port Commissioner Scott Peters and former state Assemblywoman Lori Saldana. KPBS "Evening Edition" host Joanne Faryon will moderate.

Live tweets about the 52nd Congressional District debate using the hashtag #CA52.

The debate will be broadcast live on KPBS "Midday Edition" from noon to 1 p.m. and will be rebroadcast on KPBS "Evening Edition" from 6 to 7 p.m. It will also be posted on the KPBS Evening Edition website at 8 p.m.

Live tweeting of the debate from the KPBS Twitter account (@kpbsnews) will begin at noon. Follow the tweets, and others tweeting about the debate, using the hashtag #CA52.

Although 10 candidates are running for the 52nd Congressional seat, KPBS decided to limit the debaters to the three whose favorability ratings are above 10 percent. KPBS used a poll conducted by the independent national polling company SurveyUSA, commissioned by KPBS partner 10 News (KGTV Channel 10).

More details on the poll and the decision to limit the debate are available in this press release.

The debates are just one part of KPBS' election coverage. More information on all candidates is available here.

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Avatar for user 'torreypine'

torreypine | March 13, 2012 at 5:21 p.m. ― 5 years ago

So disappointed...

First, thank you to KPBS for hosting a debate amongst candidates for California's 52nd Congressional District.

Having said that, I'm disappointed that those not currently holding elected office at the national, state, or local level were not invited. I acknowledge that it may be difficult to manage such a debate but KPBS is intentionally excluding the very people I'd most like to hear from.

I think I can judge these three candidates from their campaign statements and their record in public service; I'd be much more interested to hear from those who don't have an existing public record to see if they might be a better choice than the "known" examples.

I hope that, in absence of their participation in this debate, other candidates will be invited to speak on KPBS in another venue--perhaps a call-in, question the candidate midday show. If the best we can do is to hear again from incumbents of one office or another I think we're in real trouble as an electorate.

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HDDodson | March 14, 2012 at 1:01 p.m. ― 5 years ago

This was an interesting discussion, and we were able to get a picture of their styles of representation. It was somewhat frustrating to hear attacks, with little opportunity to rebut those attacks. Also, giving a candidate 30 seconds to rebut didn't appear to be sufficient.

Thanks to KPBS for hosting the debate. I know a lot more about the candidates as a result.

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