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U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse to debate Chris Janicek next month

Posted at 5:58 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 18:58:16-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — U.S. Senator for Nebraska Ben Sasse will participate in a debate with the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, Chris Janicek, in September.

A press release Monday announced that Sen. Sasse has agreed to NET's invitation to take part in the debate, which will be the only general election debate between the candidates.

The debate will be held on Friday, Sept. 4 at 7:00 p.m. and will air live statewide.

Sasse assumed office as a United States senator in 2015.

The Nebraska Democratic Party has called on Janicek to step down from his nomination after word came out of inappropriate text messages he directed at a campaign staffer.

Janicek has refused to step aside. He has until Sept. 1 to do so, which would allow the Democrats to place another candidate in his place on the ballot to take on Sen. Sasse.