McCain, Kirkpatrick Schedule First Debate

Left: Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Flagstaff, photographed in 2014. (Photo by Camaron Stevenson/Cronkite News) Right: Sen. John McCain speaks at the Cronkite School. (Photo by Alejandra Armstrong/Cronkite News)

By Gavin Maxwell | Cronkite News

Arizona’s two major U.S. Senate candidates, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick and Sen. John McCain, will face one another in an October debate.

The debate is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 10, airing live on Arizona PBS, azcentral.comand the Cronkite News Facebook page. Arizona PBS and The Arizona Republic are sponsoring the event.

Candidates will discuss topics and answer questions on foreign, domestic and regional issues. The moderators are Arizona PBS’s Ted Simons, host of Arizona Horizon, and the Republic’s Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, a political reporter. Members of the public will have a chance to ask each candidate questions through social media.

“We are excited the two candidates turned to two of the state’s most-trusted media outlets to host this important debate,” said Christopher Callahan, Arizona PBS CEO and dean of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. “We hope this debate will help inform voters across the state on a critically important election.”

McCain, R-Ariz., is running for his sixth Senate term. Kirkpatrick has spent two terms in Congress representing Arizona’s 1st Congressional District.

An Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll found that out of 784 respondents, 48.8 percent said they had a favorable or very favorable opinion of McCain. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

Meanwhile, the 36 percent of the respondents said they found Kirkpatrick favorable or very favorable. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

The poll also found that 30 percent of respondents said they “don’t know” or refused to answer how they feel about Kirkpatrick as opposed to 7.8 percent for McCain.

The Morrison Institute for Public Policy contracted with Behavior Research Center to conduct the poll from Aug. 17 to 31. Using up-to-date voter registration lists, almost 1,700 live landline and cellphone calls were used to obtain an average of 800 valid responses from likely voters per question. The interviews were performed in English or Spanish.

“At The Arizona Republic, our mission is to educate and empower,” said Nicole Carroll, editor of The Arizona Republic/ “We’re proud to help foster thoughtful discussion – at the debate and in our community. And we’re proud to partner with Arizona PBS.”


  1. Hey Johnny, I hear that Yugo dealership in Siberia calling your name, they miss you so bad.

    Lord this old glue horse will still be running when he’s 105 yrs old when he’s rolled out in a hospital bed with the oxygen text over him in a coma, now that I think about it, he’s been in a coma for decades

  2. It’s not going to be a real debate, McCain is doing the same to Kirkpatrick that je did to Ward, trying to ignore her. This is expected to be more of a PBS sit down with questions. ARIZONA voters deserve better. Why won’t McCain debate anyone?

  3. Green is moving up on my favorite color list. This is one of the stinkiest races ever. TOoT said it all, who’d a thunk McCain would push a life long republican Green?

  4. Choices, choices, choices, let’s see in this corner we have a unpredictable washed up crusty old fart rino who made his money the old fashioned way, he married it until he was elected into political self service….
    In this corner we have a scank scag who wears boots, she always raises her hand to seek her party’s permission to use the restroom. A women who can’t say her favorite color without first looking at a poll result or along Pelosi first.
    Yes another election that offers the worse of the worse….
    As Ted Cruz advised, vote your conscience. Go green….


  5. Since both co-sponsored amendments to the FAST Act to fund Interstate 11 and the Sonoran Corridor — crony capitalism that threatens the communities and wildlife of the Avra Valley while rewarding multi-millionaires — I’m writing in Gary Swing, the Green Party write-in candidate.

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