An important announcement from Jim Neal

Since the start of the campaign I have always believed in an open and honest discussion of the issues. I believe that the voters of NC no less. You deserve to hear each candidate so that you may choose the candidate whom you feel will be the best representative of your voices and your aspirations for the Democratic Party in the upcoming general election.

And-- I am pleased to announce I have signed a contract to engage in such a debate! And I am excited that it is in my hometown of Greensboro.

All of the candidates have been invited. As far as I know 2 other candidates have accepted: Kay Hagan and Marcus Williams.



I live in Greensboro and simply cannot wait. I hope we will be able to attend in the audience!?

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I don't believe so-- it's now a closed studio.

But I'm hopeful that TV stations across the state will carry the debate and are welcome to do so

Television will work as well, Jim.

Although I would love to be there to make some noise for you, watching on the tube will work.

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Televised debate

See above Linda...

Linda, FP maybe?

I'm not sure others are seeing this here.

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Done, Funluvn.

This is great news for Democrats in NC - all of us want to see Elizabeth Dole on her way back to Kansas, or wherever she is from. Now we'll get to see the candidates who want to represent us facing each other on the same stage. I'm glad that Kay Hagan and Marcus Williams have already agreed.

I urge Howard Staley and Duskin Lassiter to do the same.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

ALL candidates

have been invited to participate.

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That's really excellent news!

Whether we call them debates or candidate forums, opportunities for the candidates to appear at the same time and answer voter questions are crucial to effective representative government.

When all exchanges are written and pored over at length before release, it's not easy to understand exactly how candidates' positions differ.

Even if the format doesn't allow for direct candidate exchange, the fact that the questions are asked live and the answers delivered live results in a much clearer picture for voters.

Well done!

The debate

will allow for direct candidate exchange....


Direct candidate exchange is a fabulous way to clarify differences.

Who is moderating?

Is it worth an email campaign to UNC-TV, do you think?


it's only 60 minutes. That's better than I'm on board whole-heartedly.


no-- questions are pre-prepared but I'll post the terms of the debate and contact information at Spartan -TV at the end of this log blog so you can contact them directly, ok

That's great.

Thank you.

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you deserve this.

Wonderful news.

I'm glad there's finally an opportunity for all of the candidates to be in North Carolinians living rooms, outside of expensive TV budgets.

This is great news for you and your campaign, Jim.

This is what

Democracy is all about. The airwaves belong all of us...not just ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX. I'm very pleased.

I'd encourage all of you

to reach out to the organizers. I understand they've invited all TV stations to televise the debate. I'll post details at the end of this blog and you can contact Alan Buck at Spartan-TV in re. to live-streaming. Great idea!

Great News!


There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

Wow! Great news!

I'm so very glad to see this.

If you want some inspiration, try to get your hands on the video of James Spader arguing before the Supreme Court from Boston Legal (this past Tuesday). And then go after this debate hook, line and sinker. Don't put up with stupid, ignorant questions. Call it like you see it. This is your time.

Thank you.

This was simply brilliant.

Okay I'm about to log off

b/c I'm off to Kinston and Greenville. Thank you, BlueNC for having me. I cant WAIT for this debate.

I can't wait, either.

Thanks for coming by and giving us the great news.

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According to the "Sandhills Pulse"

(A Moore County Republican bird cage liner) Biddy...i mean Libby has submitted a very, very, VERY important piece of fear mongering, I mean legislation.

Dole's bill would repeal President Bill Clinton's executive order requiring the federal government to provide services in languages other than English - a requirement that is extimated to cost up to nearly $2 billion annually. Her measure also would help ensure that federal funds to local and state governments are not jeopardized by their providing English-only services.

In a statement she said," Hundreds of different languages are spoken by people in this country, and it is fiscally irresposible and impractical for our government to provide services in all of these languages. Moreover, proficiency in English should be encouraged, as it is not only required for citizenship but also is essential for maximizing opportunities in this country."

This from the woman who has no idea how to answer email via email and instead uses Franking LIBERALLY!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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And before I go

....please take the time to call your local news station. Here are all the TV stations statewide:
North Carolina TV Stations

Ask for their news director, and ask them to cover the debate.

We’ll post all the details here after I am done.


I'm slow, but I got there.

Your debate IS on UNC-TV. UNC-G at Greensboro, also known as UNCG - Spartan Television.

That's excellent!

It won't matter if it's You-Tubeable, because the UNC-TV debates and candidate interviews have, at least so far, been put up on their websites as a part of their election 2008 coverage.

This is great! I hope the other candidates will agree, but it's good to have you, Kay Hagan and Marcus Williams.

Your closing post will give us what you know about when they'll air it, right?



Spartan TV may not be part of UNC-TV, strictly speaking

Spartan TV may not be part of UNC-TV, strictly speaking. If anybody knows, please fill me in.

I can't figure it out precisely, but it LOOKS as if Spartan TV may be an "on campus" television that is similar to Community Access Television, only at a campus level with UNC-G's great college level program's feeding into it.

If that's correct, it means that debate coverage, as it stands now, will be cable only in Greensboro.

Anybody who knows more, please educate me.

It looks as if we need to put some serious effort into getting this covered!

You may be right, Kay.

Just because it's tied to the UNC Schools system it doesn't necessarily follow that it's tied to the broadcast network.

Maybe Laura Leslie can shed some light. "Hey! Laura!" :)

I know you're the Radio Girl and all that, but maybe you know. Also, if you can sweettalk your boss(es) into carrying this live on the radio (or replayed later), I promise I'll give some money the next time you guys have a fund drive. That's like next week, right? (just kidding) :).

Call TV Stations

I think we will all need to call the NC TV stations to get them to cover it....

UNC-G says they are opening it up for any NC TV station to carry it.

Debate Details and Contact

Hi everyone, its Andrew Kain, Jim's Campaign Manager. First of all, here are all the details for the debate, in Press Release fashion (terms of debate to follow):

April 24th, 2008
Contact: Andrew Kain
919-544-1136 x225

UNC-Greensboro Spartan-TV to Host Debate, All News Outlets Welcome to Broadcast

UNC-Greensboro’s Spartan-TV announced today they are hosting a debate of the U.S. Senate Candidates at 7pm, April 29th on UNC-Greensboro’s campus. Thus far, State Senator Kay Hagan, Jim Neal, and Marcus Williams have agreed to the terms and confirmed participation.

All news outlets are welcome to broadcast the debate, as SpartanTV is allowing other television stations to broadcast live-to-tape the proceedings. Contact Alan Buck, General Manager of SpartanTV for credentials and details.

What: U.S. Senate Debate
Where: UNC-Greensboro Spartan TV studios
Carmichael Building
Walker Ave.
Greensboro NC
When: Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
Contact: Alan Buck, General Manager, SpartanTV

“I am calling on all the candidates to join me in this important exercise in democracy. The people of North Carolina and Democrats across the state deserve this free exchange of ideas,” Neal said today. “I hope a television outlets from every corner of the state will take this opportunity to share our dialogue with the people. The airways belong to all of us, and should be used to inform the voters on important issues.”

“I encourage everyone to contact their local television station and implore them to cover this important event.”

State Senator Hagan and Neal are in a dead heat for the Democratic nomination for US Senate. The primary is May 6th, but early voting has already begun.


And here are the terms...

Sorry about the formatting, I am new to this...these are the terms our campaign signed to participate. Faxed it to Alan Buck on Monday...

UNC-G Terms of Debate (my title added)

(a) The debate will take place on April 29th, at 7:00 PM
(b) The debate will be located on the campus of UNCG, in the Spartan TV studios.
(c) The debate on April 29th shall not be limited by topic but
shall include an equal number of questions related to foreign policy and homeland security on the one hand and economic and domestic policy on the other.


(a) The debate will have three moderators.

(b) Each proposed moderator will execute a copy of this agreement at least seven (7) days prior to the debate in order to evidence his or her understanding and acceptance of and agreement to, the provisions hereof pertaining to moderators.

(c) If any proposed moderator fails to execute a copy of this agreement at least seven (7) days prior to the proposed date of the debate he or she is to moderate, the two campaigns will agree upon and select a different individual to moderate that debate.


The following rules shall apply to the debate:

(a) The debate shall last for sixty (60) minutes.

(b) For each debate there shall be both opening statements,
and closing statements that may take a maximum of one minute.

(c) Candidates will be seated on stools with backs and a footrest. The debate will not be in front of an audience, but will be “live to tape”, and will include one five minute intermission. Each candidate has a place for a glass of water and paper and pens or pencils for taking notes. Each candidate may move about in a predesignated area. These areas may not overlap.

(d) No props, notes, charts, diagrams, or other writings or other tangible things may be brought into the debate by any candidate.
If a candidate uses a prop, note, or other writing or other tangible
thing during a debate, the moderator must interrupt and explain that reference or citation to the specific individual(s) or the use of the prop, note, or other writing or thing violates the debate rules agreed to by that candidate.

The candidates may however, take notes during the debate on the size, color, and type of paper each prefers and using the type of pen
or pencil that each prefers. Each candidate must submit to the staff of the organization prior to the such paper, pens, and pencils on the podium, table, or other structure to be used by the candidate in that

(e) Film footage, video footage, and audio excerpts from the debate may be used publicly by either candidate's campaign through any means, including but not limited to, radio, television, internet, or videotapes, whether broadcast or distributed in any other manner.

(f) The candidates may not ask each other direct questions, but may ask rhetorical questions.

(h) The producers will conduct a coin toss at the debate. At that time, the winner of the coin toss shall have the option of choosing, either (a) whether to take the first or second question, or (b) whether to give the first or second opening and closing statement. At that time, the loser of the coin toss will have the choice of question order or closing statement order not exercised by the winner of the coin toss.

(i) Each candidate shall determine the manner by which he prefers to be addressed by the moderator and shall communicate this to the producers, at least forty eight (48) hours in advance of the debate.

(j) In each debate, the moderator shall:

(i) open and close the debate and enforce all reasonable time limits. In each instance where a candidate exceeds what is determined to be the recommended time for comment, the moderators shall interrupt and remind the candidate of the expiration of the time limit and call upon such candidate to observe the strict time limits which have been agreed upon herein by stating, "I am sorry... [name by which candidate prefers to be addressed] are out of time"; any candidate mentioned directly by name will be allowed a reasonable amount of time; not exceeding two (2) minutes, to respond.

(ii) use his or her best efforts to ensure that the questions are reasonably well balanced in all debates and within the designated subject matter areas of the debates in terms of addressing a wide range of issues of major public interest facing the United States and the world;

(iii) vary the topics on which he or she questions the candidates and ensure that the topics of the questions are fairly apportioned between the candidates;

(iv) use best efforts to ensure that the two candidates speak for approximately equal amounts of time during the course of each debate, and;

(v) use any reasonable method to ensure that the agreed-upon format is followed by the candidates.


(a) All staging arrangements for the debates not specifically addressed in this agreement shall be jointly addressed by representatives of all campaigns.

(b) The producers will seat the candidates in alphabetical order seating by last name from left to right.

(c) For the debates, the candidates shall enter the stage upon a verbal cue by the moderator before the program goes on the air, proceed to center stage, shake hands, and proceed directly to their
positions on their stools. After everyone is seated the debate will begin.

(d) The producer shall use best efforts to maintain an appropriate temperature according to industry standards for the entire debate.

(e) Each candidate shall be permitted to have a complete, private production and technical briefing and walk-through ("Briefing") at the
location of the debate on the day of the debate.

The order of the Briefing shall be determined by agreement. Each candidate will have a maximum of thirty minutes for this Briefing. Production lock-down will not occur for any candidate unless that candidate has had his or her briefing.

All persons, including but not limited to the media, other candidates and their representatives, and the employees or other agents of the producer, other than those necessary to conduct the briefing, shall vacate the debate site while a candidate has his Briefing.

The producer will provide to each candidate's representatives
a written statement and plan which describes the measures to be taken by the producer to ensure the complete privacy of all Briefings.

(f) The color and style of the backdrop will be decided upon by Spartan TV (the organization). The producer shall make its recommendation known to the campaigns at least seventy-two (72) hours before the debate.
The backdrops behind each candidate shall be identical.

(g) The set will be completed and no later than 4 p.m. at the debate site on the day the debate will occur.

Other than security personnel not more than two (2) aides will accompany each candidate on the stage before the program begins.

(h) Each candidate shall be allowed to have one (1) professional still photographer present on the stage before the debate begins and in the wings during the debate as desired and on the stage Immediately upon the conclusion of the debate. No photos shall be taken from the wings by these photographers during the debate.

Photos taken by these photographers may be distributed to the press as determined by each candidate.

No candidate shall be permitted to use risers or any other device to create an impression of elevated height, and no candidate shall be permitted to use chairs, stools, or other seating devices not provided by the producer during the debate.

(i) Each podium shall have installed a fixed hardwired microphone, and an identical microphone to be used as backup per industry standards.

(j) The podiums will be equally canted toward the center of the stage at a degree to be determined by the producer.

(k) The moderator will be seated at a table so as to be positioned in front, between, and equidistant from the candidates, and between
the cameras to which the candidates direct their answers.
The precise staging arrangement will be determined by the producers and subject to the approval of representatives of both campaigns.


(a) Each candidate shall have a dressing room available of adequate size so as to provide private seclusion for that candidate and adequate space for the staff the candidate desires to have in this area. The dressing rooms shall be comparable in size and in quality and in proximity and access to the debate stage.

(b) An equal number of other backstage rooms will be available for other staff members of each candidate. The rooms located next to the media center shall be located so that each campaign has equal proximity and ease of access to the media center.


(a) Each candidate will receive not fewer than three (3) press passes for the Media Center during the debate and more if mutually agreed upon by the campaigns.

(b) Each candidate will be allowed to have an unlimited number of people in the Media Center upon the conclusion of the debate.

(c) The producers/ organization will be responsible for all media credentialing.

This memorandum of understanding constitutes the entire agreement between the parties concerning the debates in which the campaigns will participate in.

This Agreement will not be changed or amended except in writing signed by those persons who signed this Agreement or their designees.

The undersigned moderators and participants selected by the organization agree to the terms contained herein and agree to fulfill their responsibilities as described in the Agreement.

Agreed and Accepted:

Candidates/ Moderator Printed Name: ________________________

Signature: ________________________________

Date of execution: ________________________________

Title: ________________________________

This is fantastic news!

I'm hoping the (local) network affiliates will pick this up, but if they don't, we need to identify the Cable channel(s) for the different regions that might carry it.

What about News 14? Isn't that a non-affiliated North Carolina news station?

News 14 would be an excellent choice

if they would break into their programming and cover this important debate.

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I think so too,

and I didn't see it on the list of network affiliates that Jim posted. I'll see if I can dig up a contact person...

Thank you Kay Hagan.

I'm glad that Jim Neal and Kay Hagan were able to make this work.

  1. All the candidates have been invited, this is an open debate for anyone who wants to participate.
  2. It is in Greensboro, which makes it "homey" for both the major candidates.
  3. Both major candidates have free schedules that day (I've heard it will be next Tuesday, the 29th)
  4. Most importantly, the voters of North Carolina are being respected by the candidates.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Jim Neal- Kay Hagan TV Debate


I'm glad Kay Hagan finally realized this isn't a coronation, and that debates are good for democracy. This will give Jim Neal a chance to debate the issues.