Gavin Maxwell

Friday, Sept. 23, 2016

McCain and Kirkpatrick schedule first debate

Arizona’s two major U.S. Senate candidates, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick and Sen. John McCain, will face one another in their first debate of the 2016 election.

The debate is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 10, airing live on Arizona PBS channel 8, and the Cronkite News Facebook page . The Arizona Republic and Arizona PBS are sponsoring the event.

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

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 unfavorable. 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 apposed 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.