Jonesboro, ASU to Host First of Three Gubernatorial Debates Tonight

SEPTEMBER 18, 2006 - Posted at 7:24 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Gubernatorial candidates Mike Beebe (D) and Asa Hutchinson (R) will face off in a debate tonight at Arkansas State University's Fowler Center in Jonesboro.

But two other gubernatorial hopefuls, Independent candidate Rod Bryan and Green Party candidate Jim Lendall, plan to travel to Jonesboro to protest their exclusion from the 7 p.m. debate.

Tonight's forum begins at 7 p.m. and will be moderated by KAIT News anchor Diana Davis.  KAIT will also broadcast the event live via streaming video on  The debate will be aired on a tape-delay basis on KAIT beginning at 9 p.m.  The debate is sponsored by the Arkansas State University Student Government Association.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)