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ABC NEWS ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL ABC AFFILIATES WILL CARRY THE FIRST DEBATE WITH DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, SATURDAY, MAY 3
Mon Apr 28 2003 14:07:50 ET

--George Stephanopoulos will moderate the debate in Columbia, South Carolina--

Over 35 ABC Television Network affiliates have announced plans to carry the ABC News Democratic presidential candidate debate on Saturday, May 3. George Stephanopoulos, anchor of ABC News “This Week,” will moderate this first debate among all nine Democratic presidential candidates in Columbia, South Carolina.

The 90-minute debate will begin at 9:00 p.m. The debate is beginning at 9:00 p.m. so Senator Lieberman may participate consistent with his religious observance. The debate will be held at the Drayton Hall Theater on the campus of the University of South Carolina.

The following candidates have committed to participate in the debate:

Gov. Howard Dean (D-VT)
Sen. John Edwards (D-NC)
Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-MO)
Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL)
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT)
Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun
Rev. Al Sharpton

“This Week with George Stephanopoulos” will broadcast excerpts of the debate on Sunday, May 4 (check local listings) on the ABC Television Network. In a special broadcast of “This Week,” Mr. Stephanopoulos will anchor the program from Columbia, South Carolina.

ABC News Radio will broadcast the entire debate beginning at 11:35 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.

The debate will be carried in its entirety at 11:35 p.m. Saturday evening by “ABC News Live,” the 24-hour Internet broadband news service now available to RealOne, AOL Broadband and Yahoo! Platinum subscribers. “ABC News Live” will also replay the entire debate Sunday afternoon, following “This Week.”

The ABC affiliates planning to carry the debate on Saturday night following their late local news include:



Phoenix					KNXV


Pittsburgh					WTAE


San Diego					KGTV


Hartford & New Haven			WTNH


Charlotte					WSOC


Raleigh-Durham				WTVD


Milwaukee					WISN


San Antonio					KSAT


West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce			WPBF


Norfolk-Portsmth-Newpt Nws		WVEC


Greensboro-H.Point-W.Salem		WXLV


Harrisburg-Lncstr-Leb-York			WHTM


Austin						KVUE


Fresno-Visalia					KFSN


Mobile-Pensacola				WFGX * (Ind.)


Flint-Saginaw-Bay City			WJRT


Ft. Myers-Naples				WZVN


Des Moines-Ames				WOI


Tucson					KGUN


Spokane					KXLY


Columbia, SC					WOLO


Chattanooga					WTVC


Burlington-Plattsburgh			WVNY


Davenport-R.Island-Moline			WQAD


Harlingen-Wslco-Brnsvl-McA		KRGV


Evansville					WEHT


Tallahassee-Thomasville			WTXL


Tyler-Longview(Lfkn&Ncgd)			KLTV


Florence-Myrtle Beach			WPDE


Macon						WPGA


Sioux City					KCAU


Lubbock					KAMC


Panama City					WMBB


Idaho Falls-Pocatello				KIFI


Elmira						WENY


Rapid City					KOTA


Ottumwa-Kirksville				KTVO







Jon Banner is the executive producer of “This Week.” Mr. Banner is the executive producer of the ABC News debate. George Stephanopoulos is the anchor of “This Week,” and will moderate the debate. Mark Halperin is the ABC News political director. Roger Goodman is the director of the debate.

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