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Springfield Prepares for Senate Debate

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Springfield is ready for the U.S. Senate debate between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren.

Scott Brown supporters were out early claiming their spots and holding signs in support of their candidate.

Inside Symphony Hall, final preparations were being completed with a huge American flag as the backdrop for the debate.

The excitement is building and the stakes are high according to Page Brody, Executive Director of the Springfield Public Forum. “This is a nationally prominent senate debate, this race could very well determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate,” says Brody.

So all eyes in the political world will be focused on Springfield Wednesday evening.

Every seat in this historic Symphony Hall will be filled  for the debate, you’ll need a ticket to get in, those tickets went very fast.

There are no more available for the debate and if you do have a ticket and are attending, you’ll need to be in place by 6:30pm.

This is the third debate of the Massachusetts senate campaign.

Some say it is the most important as polls show a very close race.

Moderator Jim Madigan will ask questions.

Questions have been screened and fine tuned through the Western Massachusetts media consortium.

We expect this debate to cover some new ground especially as it relates to Western Massachusetts. “The questions have all been submitted by voters to various media outlets and we sifted through trying to pick questions which appear to be relevant to the problems and topics of today,” says Paul Hetzel, President of the Springfield Public Forum.

There is only one debate in Western Massachusetts and they’ve been preparing for this for a long time to get it right says Hetzel.

“It’s been a labor of love we’ve spent hours at meetings, hours out of meetings and as time has gotten closer more time has been spent just making sure the I’s have been dotted and the T’s crossed,” says Hetzel.

Tonight from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren take center stage as their campaign moves through what could be a turning point in their senate battle.


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