At the Indy Star:
Indiana's five GOP hopefuls for the U.S. Senate will gather Saturday in New Castle for their first debate.
The Henry County Lincoln Day luncheon is sold out, and organizer Nate LaMar said he expects a standing-room-only crowd at the Moose Lodge.
Candidates Don Bates Jr., Richard Behney, former U.S. senator and ambassador Dan Coats, former U.S. Rep. John Hostettler and state Sen. Marlin Stutzman will attend the 12:30 p.m. luncheon and participate in an hourlong debate at 2 p.m., LaMar said.
Henry County Republican Chairman Todd Hiday said the last luncheon ticket was sold Tuesday. The Moose Lodge's capacity is about 150 people, LaMar said.
Note cards on which questions can be written will be distributed during the luncheon. LaMar said he will sort the cards to determine the four most popular issues, and those will be the four questions each candidate will respond to.
The debate is limited to an hour because Senate candidates will attend the Lake County Lincoln Day Dinner in Merrillville that evening.
Hopefully the good folks in New Castle will hold Dan Coats' feet to the fire about trying to come back to the state and seat he left over 12 years ago!-SP