By Andrew Thomason | Statehouse News Online
WAUKESHA — Four Republican candidates vying to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., will debate this evening at an event hosted by Wisconsin Reporter
and the Republican Party of Waukesha County.
Jeff Fitzgerald, Eric Hovde, Mark Neumann and Kip Smith will take the stage at 7 p.m. at the Waukesha Expo Center. Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson was invited but declined to participate.
“Tonight is a night for information, for answers, for getting to know who these Republican candidates are, and what they believe,” said Jason Stverak
, president of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity
, the parent organization of Wisconsin Reporter.
The winner of the Aug. 14 primary will face U.S. Rep Tammy Baldwin, D-District 2, in the November general election.
In addition to candidates answering questions, Wisconsin Reporter's Kirsten Adshead will get analysis of the race and the state of Wisconsin politics during the intermission from John McAdams, a political scientist at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
More than 600 people have registered for the event.
The debate will be streamed live on Wisconsin Reporter, Washington Examiner and RedState.