Schatz, Hanabusa to face off in live debate by KHON, AARP

On Tuesday evening, Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate, will face off in a live debate on KHON2.

The debate will begin at 7 p.m. and live-streamed on KHON2.com.

Sen. Schatz has served as a U.S. senator for Hawaii since December 2012. Rep. Hanabusa has served as a U.S. representative for Hawaii’s First Congressional District since January 2011.

The debate is being conducted in partnership with the non-partisan organization, AARP.

“For more than 28 years, AARP has worked to make sure that candidates address issues important to voters,” said Gerry Silva, president, AARP Hawaii. “(Tuesday night’s debate) is part of a broad effort to bring election issues into sharper focus for Hawaii residents.”

How the debate will work

aarp debate format

Each candidate will have one minute for opening remarks.

Then panelists will alternate questions between the candidates, who will have one minute to answer each question. If a follow-up question is posted by the panelists, candidate responses will be limited to 30 seconds.

There will also be two opportunities for the candidates to question each other.

At the conclusion of the forum, each candidate will have one minute for closing remarks.

The format for the debate was developed by AARP and all time limits will be strictly enforced.

aarp debate time

The questions for the debate were also developed by AARP and held in confidence. Some questions were sent to KHON2 from the general public via e-mail.

Our panelists will be Gerald Kato from the University of Hawaii and former editorial page editor Jerry Burris.

The debate will be moderated by KHON2’s Gina Mangieri.

Both candidates appeared on Wake Up 2Day ahead of the debate. Watch their interviews below:

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