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Springfield set to host U.S. Senate debate

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Preparations for the debate in Springfield have started. Preparations for the debate in Springfield have started.

The two candidates vying for the United State Senate from Massachusetts will face off in a debate at Springfield Symphony Hall on Wednesday night.

Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren will face off in the only debate that will be televised from western Massachusetts.

Several media outlets have called the Massachusetts Senate race one of the highest profile in the country, and many believe its outcome will have a major impact on whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate.

The debate between Warren and Brown will be moderated by Jim Madigan of WGBY and is sponsored by the Western Massachusetts U.S. Senate Debate Consortium and is being coordinated by the Springfield Public Forum.

The consortium includes: MassLive.com, New England Public Radio, WFCR and all-news WNNZ; Springfield Public Forum; The Daily Hampshire Gazette; The Republican; Valley Press Club; WGBY: Western New England Public Television; WGGB-TV, ABC 40 and Fox 6; WSHM-TV CBS 3; WWLP-TV, NBC 22; University of Massachusetts Amherst; and Western New England University.

"This debate is a key part of one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country," said Page Brody, executive director of the Springfield Public Forum. "It puts a national spotlight on the candidates and provides Springfield and western Massachusetts with an opportunity to host a high-profile, high stakes event. The mission of the Springfield Public Forum has always been to bring important dialogues to our area and to make that discourse free and open to the public. The forum and the entire debate consortium are pleased to sponsor this opportunity."

A full house is expected at Springfield Symphony Hall, which seats 2,611.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and will close promptly at 6:30 p.m.

The audience is being asked to arrive early, and no late seating will be permitted.

According to debate organizers, Madigan will ask the candidates questions that were solicited from the public and selected by consortium journalists. The responses by candidates will be timed, allowing for an initial 90-second response and a 30-second rebuttal.

Also, brief, closing remarks of 60 seconds by each candidate will end the one-hour debate.

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