Hartford Courant and FOX CT Present: The 2010 U.S. Senate and Gubernatorial Debates

Hartford, CT - The Hartford Courant and FOX CT, in partnership with FOX News Channel and The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, will host two debates in early October at The Bushnell's Belding Theater, located at 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford CT. Candidates for U.S. Senate and Governor will have the opportunity to discuss and answer questions on several hot-button issues. The debates are scheduled for October 4 and 5 from 6:45 to 8 p.m. and will be broadcast live on FOX CT (broadcast is 7-8 p.m.). Due to the live broadcast, the doors will close promptly at 6:45 p.m.

"The Hartford Courant and FOX CT are committed to community and public discourse," said Richard Graziano, publisher of the Hartford Courant and general manager, FOX CT and WCCT-TV. "We are proud to provide the citizens of Connecticut with the opportunity to hear from candidates for U.S. Senate and Governor at The Bushnell and believe these debates are critical to the democratic process."

On Monday, October 4, FOX News Channel Anchor Bret Baier will moderate as Democrat Richard Blumenthal and Republican Linda McMahon square off. The Courant's Chris Keating and FOX CT Reporter Laurie Perez will participate in the panel discussion.

The following evening, Tuesday, October 5, FOX News Channel Chief Political Correspondent Carl Cameron will moderate the gubernatorial meeting between Republican Tom Foley and Democrat Dan Malloy. FOX CT Morning News Anchor Logan Byrnes and Courant Reporter Daniela Altimari will join Cameron as part of the panel.

The public is being asked to submit questions prior to the debates on issues facing the state and country (people are asked to refrain from asking personal questions). Those interested can e-mail questions along with their name, address and daytime phone number to corpaffairs@courant.com.

Both debates are free and open to the public. Tickets can be picked up starting at 10 a.m. on September 13 at The Bushnell Box Office or the following public libraries (limit four tickets per person and must be picked up physically):

-- Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford
-- Manchester Public Library (Mary Cheney Library), 586 Main Street, Manchester
-- New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven
-- Waterbury Public Library (Silas Bronson Library), 267 Grand Street, Waterbury

For more information, please contact Andrea Savastra at 860-241-3934 or at asavastra@courant.com.

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About The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
The Bushnell is Connecticut's premier performing arts center, hosting more than 350 events yearly, including major Broadway tours, symphony orchestras, family presentations, local arts and community events. The Bushnell is home to two theaters- the historic 2,800-seat Mortensen Hall, and the 907-seat Belding Theater, a state-of-the-art performance hall that opened in 2001. The Bushnell's nationally recognized, award-winning, arts-in-education program, PARTNERS® (Partners in Arts and Education Revitalizing Schools), now in its 18th year, continues to provide quality arts-in-education programs for schools and communities across Connecticut. The Bushnell opened in January 1930 and is a not-for-profit organization that is proud to serve Connecticut and its citizens. For more information, call The Bushnell at (860) 987-6000, The Bushnell Box Office at (860) 987-5900 or visit our website at www.bushnell.org.

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