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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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