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Loebsack, Peters debate Oct. 14 on Iowa Public Television

U.S. House candidates also appear Monday at forum in Coralville

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack and challenger Chris Peters.
U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack and challenger Chris Peters.

CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa 2nd District candidates Dave Loebsack and Chris Peters are making two joint appearances next week — one in Coralville, the other on statewide television.

Loebsack, a five-term Democratic U.S. House member from Iowa City, and Peters, a Republican challenger from Coralville, appear at a forum from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Coralville Public Library, 1401 Fifth St. The forum is sponsored by the Johnson County Task Force on Aging and the League of Women Voters of Johnson County.

Peters, 55, a surgeon and owner of Corridor Surgery and Vein Center, and Loebsack, 63, a former Cornell College professor first elected in 2006, plan to meet for an hourlong debate on Oct. 14 in the studio at Iowa Public Television, 6450 Corporate Drive, Johnston. That debate is to be streamed live at www.IPTV.org beginning at 1:30 p.m. and broadcast statewide on IPTV at 7 p.m.

The IPTV debate is open to the public with doors opening at 12:45 p.m. Spectators should arrive no later than 1:15 p.m.

The 24-county 2nd District covers most of southeastern Iowa including Johnson, Cedar, Washington, Muscatine and Louisa counties.

Loebsack and Peters are among the few U.S. House candidates who have agreed to debates this fall. First District candidate Rep. Rod Blum and his Democratic challenger Monica Vernon have been unable to agree to debate, despite offers, including one from IPTV. It’s the same story in the 4th District, where Democrat Kim Weaver is challenging Rep. Steve King.

Third District candidates Rep. David Young and Democratic challenger Jim Mowrer are to debate on IPTV and KMA Radio.

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U.S. Senate candidates, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley and Democrat Patty Judge, have been able to agree to just one television debate.

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