Save the date: Boxer v. Fiorina debate

KQED, KTVU, and the San Francisco Chronicle will host the first debate between incumbent U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Republican nominee Carly Fiorina at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1.

The one-hour debate will air live on KQED Public Radio and KTVU Channel 2. KQED News is offering the debate as a special broadcast of The California Report, the station’s statewide news service; the California Report’s debate broadcast will be distributed live via satellite and available for broadcast by all California public radio stations.

KTVU’s political editor Randy Shandobil will moderate the debate, with questions posed by San Francisco Chronicle senior political writer Carla Marinucci; California Report host Scott Shafer; and La Opinion senior political reporter and blogger Pilar Marrero.

The debate’s location has yet to be announced.

UPDATE @ 1:58 P.M.: Hmmmm. Although this information came in a news release from KQED, I now have other sources telling me that this debate is in fact NOT a done deal, and is still under negotiation. More details as they emerge…

UPDATE @ 2:50 P.M.: “We have recently learned that the previously announced debate has not been confirmed,” KQED now says. “We apologize for any confusion that the miscommunication caused. More details will be announced as soon as they become available.”
I’ve reached out to the Boxer and Fiorina campaigns about this, but neither has responded yet.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Royce Rhoads

    You can but Boxer will try and stack the deck on her side. She can’t deal with hard nose questions; “Not to a Senator”.

  • John W

    Yes, it will be interesting to see which of these two is strongest in the debate arena. And we can get a followup poll on whose hair is best.

  • Menlo Bob

    On KQED Josh Richmond says Fiorina supports AZ immigration law, and California independent voters don’t. Sorry to have to do your factchecking Josh but you seem insufficently informed.

  • Josh Richman

    I’d based that comment on the Field Poll, which reported a few weeks ago that 62 percent of Democrats disapprove of the law while 77% of Republicans approve and non-partisans are about evenly divided, 46 percent in favor and 49 percent opposed. Almost two-thirds of Democrats plus half of independents opposing the law isn’t good news for a Republican who supports it while seeking statewide office.

    However, looking back over it now, I see that same poll found voters who are likely to cast a ballot in the November general election support the law by a roughly five to four margin (54 percent approving and 41 percent disapproving) so maybe Fiorina’s stance is more popular than I’d earlier believed.

  • Bill Pisani

    I cannot believe that anyone would vote for an incumbent considering that this Country, which did have some problems, is now worse of by far. The Times and others will endorse them saying that they hve experience. Are you kidding me? You don’t need experience to do the destruction they have. You need real business people who understand that everything needs to begin with private sector jobs. It’s jobs first, then the revenue they create, then spend what is necessary wihin the revenue stream. NOTHING ELSE.
    Why does Congress need to waste time holding hearings on baseball’s problem players. Government has gone so far above what they are needed for it is hard to fathom it.

  • John W

    Re: Bill Pisani

    Here’s what I don’t understand about the throw out all incumbents at all costs thinking. When I was in the business world, and somebody wasn’t performing, I’d either get them on track or fire them if necessary. However, I then had the opportunity to go out and find somebody better to replace them. In politics, if I deside to throw the bum out, I don’t necessarily have that opportunity, unless the challenger happens to be generally in synch with my political beliefs. So, if I’m a conservative Republican, I’m unlikely to vote for a liberal Democrat, just because the Republican has been in office for a long time and because I think Congress in general is not doing its job. Same thing if I’m a Democrat. In that case, why would I vote against Boxer and for somebody who generally does not share my political ideas, just because Boxer has been there a long time? If you’re a Democrat, you try through the nominating process to get a better Democrat. Same thing if you’re a Republican — which is what the Tea Party is doing in many GOP primaries this year.

  • Ken L.

    Californians must wake up and dump Boxer at the ballot box. She is no longer effective and comes across as an out-of-touch elitist. Her politics are bad for California.