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KCCI, Register plan 3rd Congressional District debate Oct. 12

By: - September 17, 2020 10:57 am

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U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne and challenger and former Rep. David Young will debate Oct. 12 in an event arranged by television station KCCI and the Des Moines Register.

The 3rd Congressional District debate will begin at 7 p.m. and will focus on the economy, agriculture and the response to COVID-19, the news organizations reported. The 3rd District covers part of western and central Iowa, including Des Moines and Council Bluffs.

“It is rare for a debate to feature two candidates who both have held the same seat,” KCCI News Director Allison Smith said in a statement. “We will explore how their experience will help them advocate for Iowa’s 3rd District when faced with the issues of today.”

KCCI will air the debate on TV, and it also will be available at and

Candidates will get 60 seconds to answer questions from moderators Steve Karlin of KCCI and the Register’s Stephen Gruber-Miller. The debate is scheduled to be held at KCCI studios but may be changed to a virtual session depending on coronavirus conditions.

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