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17th candidates agree to debate

ROCK ISLAND – The long debate over debates has ended in the 17th Congressional District.

All three candidates have agreed to debate on WQPT-TV in the Quad Cities. The one-hour taping will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 26, and air at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27.

Rep. Phil Hare, D-Rock Island, and challengers Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, and Roger Davis, a Quincy resident who is the Green Party candidate, will participate. Jim Mertens will moderate.

WQPT is accepting questions from the public. They must be sent by today, to

“We are very pleased that all candidates for the 17th District have agreed to a debate,” Tim Schlittner, spokesman for Hare, said Thursday in a news release announcing the event.

“This will give voters the opportunity to hear a substantive discussion of the issues – something that has too often been lacking in this campaign.”

Palin endorses Hultgren

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on Thursday endorsed Republican candidate state Sen. Randy Hultgren in the 14th Congressional District race.

Palin announced the endorsement and a handful of others on her Facebook page.

She said, “Want to send a message about President Obama’s out-of-touch agenda? Let’s win some seats in his backyard. As an accomplished businessman and father of four, Randy Hultgren is committed to fighting for lower taxes and constitutional principles to get our country back on track. ...”

Hultgren is challenging Rep. Bill Foster, D-Batavia, in the district.

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