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U.S. Senate General Election Debate Set For Cumberland University

Middle Tennessee’s statewide, live televised U.S. Senate general election debate is set for September 25 at historic Cumberland University, a coalition of media and advocacy groups announced today.

Cumberland University is unique when it comes to Tennessee politics, with more than 30 past governors and U.S. senators having held degrees from the school.

“Cumberland University is the perfect setting for this debate. Our university has a special place in Tennessee political history, and this race will help shape the future of our country. It is an important time for public engagement in the political process, and we are proud to help Tennesseans learn more about their choices at the ballot box this November,” said Paul Stumb, President of Cumberland University.

The debate partners include the USA Today Network-Tennessee, Nashville Public Television and the Tennessee League of Women Voters. The debate will be broadcast statewide on public television as well as live streamed by the USA Today Network-Tennessee.

“The election to fill Tennessee’s open U.S. Senate seat has national implications, and Tennesseans need the best information available about the candidates and their positions on the issues that affect our country the most. The USA Today Network-Tennessee is committed to constantly improving the public dialogue during our election process, and our participation in this debate is part of that service,” said Michael A. Anastasi, Vice President of News for the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee.

Tennessee League of Women Voters President Marian Ott stressed the importance of public engagement in the election process, adding this debate would help Tennessean’s make their choice at the polls in November.

“The League, as a nonpartisan organization, has worked since the 1920s to see greater involvement and informed engagement by citizens in the American electoral process. In this age of social media and digital communications, events like this senatorial debate where voters hear directly from the candidates are increasingly important. The League is lending its full resources to the effort.,” Ott said.

The debate will be between the two major party nominees for Tennessee’s open U.S. Senate seat. All candidates who qualified for the August primary ballot have been invited to participate if they secure their party’s nomination.

“Public television plays a vital role in Tennessee, bringing our viewers unique content across the airwaves and over our digital platforms,” added Nashville Public Television President and CEO Kevin Crane. “Making this important event accessible to every Tennessean via NPT and the state’s other public television stations is perfectly in line with our core mission.”

About Cumberland University:
Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn., has one of the longest, richest histories of any higher education institution in the state. Founded in 1842, the University flourishes today with exceptional faculty and fully-accredited academic programs steeped in the liberal arts, including three distinct schools: the Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions; the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts; and the Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business. With a student body of just over 2,300 and over 500 students living on campus, our unique residential living and learning experience allows students to find their sense of belonging. Athletics also are a strength of Cumberland University, as our teams in 27 sports regularly compete for conference and national championships. Our world-renowned baseball team has claimed the NAIA national championship title three times since 2004.

About Nashville Public Television:
Nashville Public Television, Nashville’s PBS station, is available free and over-the-air to nearly 2.4 million people throughout the Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky viewing area. NPT’s three broadcast channels are NPT, the main channel; secondary channel NPT2; and NPT3, a 24/7 PBS Kids channel. NPT is also available to anyone in the world through its array of NPT digital services, including, YouTube channels and the PBS video app. NPT provides, through the power of traditional television and interactive digital communications, quality educational, cultural and civic experiences that address issues and concerns of the people of the Nashville region, and which thereby help improve the lives of those we serve. Join the conversation at and on Twitter @npt8.


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