Vermont Public Radio To Broadcast Primary Election Debates August 15 and 23

This month, Vermont Public Radio will broadcast two debates between Republican candidates for U.S. Senate and Democratic candidates for Attorney General, in advance of Vermont’s August 28 primary election.

Wednesday, August 15, Noon  – Republican Candidates for U.S. Senate
Two Republicans are vying for the chance to run against Senator Bernie Sanders in the November election. John MacGovern and Brooke Paige will address the top issues facing the federal government and how they would represent Vermonters in the U.S. Senate.

Thursday, August 23, Noon – Democratic Candidates for Attorney General
The Democrats’ primary race for Attorney General has been heating up all summer,. Incumbent Attorney General Bill Sorrell and the challenger, Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan, will address their priorities for the office.

VPR’s Jane Lindholm will moderate both debates, questioning each candidate and giving them the opportunity to question each other directly. Each debate will air live at noon during Vermont Edition, VPR’s daily newsmagazine program, and a rebroadcast will air at 7 p.m. Podcasts will be available for download at shortly after each broadcast, where the debates will also be streamed live.

VPR is asking the public to join the debate by submitting questions in advance. Listeners can submit questions for the Republican U.S. Senate and Democratic Attorney General candidates by emailing, or posting to the program's Facebook page.

“These debates are part of a series of primary and general election debates that VPR provides for voters,” said Patti Daniels, managing producer of Vermont Edition. “We’re committed to the public service of giving voters a forum to hear the candidates in their own words, explaining their priorities and reasons for running.”

To cover any of VPR’s debates live, please contact Patti Daniels at or 802-654-4330.