Four candidates vying for the Republican nomination for the open U.S. Senate seat in 2022 took to Villanova University’s stage last Monday night for their first statewide televised debate. The PA Chamber of Business and Industry sponsored the debate, which aired statewide on PCN. PA Chamber Director of Political Engagement Allison Coccia served as a moderator, alongside former State Rep. Becky Corbin and Terry Tracy, CEO of the online news publication Broad + Liberty.
The 90-minute debate allowed candidates to introduce themselves to Pennsylvania voters and briefly address critical issues, including proposals to eliminate the filibuster; foreign policy and international trade; the economy and spending; energy and infrastructure; legislative priorities; and governance and strategy.
Those participating in the debate were Jeff Bartos, a businessman and former GOP nominee for lieutenant governor; Kathy Barnette, a veteran and conservative political commentator; Everett Stern, founder of a private intelligence company; and George Bochetto, a Philadelphia attorney. Celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz; former financial manager David McCormick; and Carla Sands, a former U.S. ambassador to Denmark, declined to participate.
If you missed the debate, you can watch the recording on PCN’s website or read more from City and State PA.
The debate was also sponsored by Broad + Liberty; the Keystone Free Enterprise Fund; and GOP SuperPAC LV Strong.