HELENA — The first general-election debates featuring the candidates for the U.S. Senate and House are set for Saturday afternoon in Butte.
The debates, sponsored by the Montana Newspaper Association and Montana PBS, will be in the Library Auditorium at Montana Tech.
The Senate debate begins at 1:30 p.m., with Democratic Sen. John Walsh of Helena, Republican Rep. Steve Daines of Bozeman and Libertarian Roger Roots of Livingston.
At 3:30 p.m., the House debate begins, with Democrat John Lewis of Helena, Republican Ryan Zinke of Whitefish and Libertarian Mike Fellows of Missoula.
Tom Eggensperger, editor and publisher of the Sanders County Ledger, will be the moderator.
Media panelists asking questions at the Senate debate will be Anna Rau, documentary producer at Montana PBS; Frank Miele, managing editor of the Daily Inter Lake; and Mike Dennison, a reporter with the Gazette State Bureau.
For the House debate, Charles S. Johnson, bureau chief for the Gazette State Bureau, will join Miele and Rau on the media panel.
The debates are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
They can be watched online through live streaming provided by the Montana Standard and the Helena Independent record on their websites: www.mtstandard.com and www.helenair.com.
The debates will be recorded and broadcast on Montana PBS on Sunday, with the House debate at 5 p.m. and the Senate one at 6:30 p.m.