How To Watch The North Dakota Tea Party Caucus Debate Tonight

Tonight the North Dakota Tea Party Caucus is holding its second debate, though two of the Republican candidates – Rep. Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple – have chosen not to participate. Which is a real disappointment, and something Republicans shouldn’t be happy about.

We should expect more form our candidates.

All of the House candidates will be on hand, though, including all six Republicans and one Libertarian candidate.

Unlike the last debate, this one will be televised. SAB is a sponsor for a broadcast that will reach some 180,000 households across the state. Here’s a listing of stations where you can pick it up starting at 6:00pm central.

BEK Communications of Steele, N.D. – Channel 28
Cable ONE of Fargo, N.D. – Channel 14
Dakota Central Telecommunications of Carrington, N.D. – Channel 19
Dickey Rural Networks of Ellendale, N.D. – Channel 7
Midstate Telephone Company of Stanley, N.D. – Channel 17
North Dakota Telephone Company of Devils Lake, N.D. – Channel 151
Midcontinent Communications across N.D. – Midco Sports Network 2 – Channel 322
Northwest Communications Cooperative, Ray, N.D. – Channel 23
Polar Communications of Park River, N.D. – Channel 70
Reservation Telephone of Parshall, N.D. – Channel 21
SRT Communications of Minot, N.D. – Channel 322
United Communications /Turtle Mountain Communications, Langdon, N.D. – Channel 17

Here is the schedule for the debate:

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Televised interviews by Chris Berg of all participating candidates
6:30 – 6:35 p.m. Introduction of moderator and reading of rules. (Chris Berg)
6:35 – 6:45 p.m. U.S. House candidates will get one minute for each candidate to introduce themselves
6:45 – 8:15 p.m. U.S. House of Representatives debate
8:15 – 8:20 p.m. Break
8:20 – 8:25 p.m. U.S. Senate candidates will get one minute for each candidate to introduce themselves
8:25 – 8:55 p.m. U.S. Senate debate
8:55 – 9:00 p.m. Break
9:00 – 9:05 p.m. N.D. Gubernatorial candidates will get 30 seconds each to introduce themselves
9:05 – 9:35 p.m. N.D. Gubernatorial debate
9:35 – 9:40 p.m. Finish and thank you to all candidates.
9:40 – 10:00 p.m. Post debate interviews by Chris Berg

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  • Dakota_Mel

    And who said the Tea Party was dead? We are doing way more than just rallying these days!

  • borborygmi

    nice to see it on tv………Oh crap State Hockey is on at the same time

  • cowboy dude65

    can i get the debate on the intenet atall???

    • Jimmypop

      this would have been very cool….it hear al the cool kids are doing it.

  • Tankerpilot215

    The debate wasn’t bad I guess.  A couple of the House people clearly aren’t ready to be in Congress.  The guy from Minot seemed lost. He doesn’t want a staff?  Did I hear that right? But it wasn’t bad.  The Senate thing was strange.  Duane Sands spent more time talking about Herman Cain than he did himself.  Then all the foreign policy was odd.  Is Sands running for President?
    Sorum is a decent guy.  I like him, but I don’t see how he thinks he can fix all of the things he talks about.  But all and all a good effort from everyone. 

  • RCND

    The disdain for those who did not have the courage to show was clear…. And they earned that disdain. They should have been there

  • noblindersonme

    How to watch a debate of tea party types? Keep asking yourself ” why these angry folks were NOT  so engaged and angry when most of this SAME deficit spending and cronyism etc were occurring when they had the chance!   During the Bush years they had the whole enchilada and these ‘monumental issues’  were far down the priority list.   Foreign policy and security dominated everything ( and maybe that is the way it should of been). Today everything is reversed , and foreign policy is far down the list as proved by the republicans who longer acknowledge that’ keeping us safe ‘ is an argument to build a platform on.
     2001-2008 was – keep us safe , don’t worry about the cost, don’t ask our country to pay for it now , we will deal with it later and be OH SO AFRAID of the the democrats getting in ! with Obama in ,we will surely have planes flying into buildings and the Democrats ‘hero ‘ Bin Laden will run rampant yadda yadda ( THAT was the sound bites that came from the righties in 2008 and I can document it.)
     Today Bin Laden is dead at the bottom of the ocean , Obama has kept us as safe as surely Bush did ,  the right is indifferent and downright apathetic. Suddenly spending is the only issue as the bill for all the security they demanded is only a political toy to toss around. ALL the national debt  is the dem/lib fault, right! 
    2004 , the republican congress rammed a spending bill thru, without debate , full of pork and goodies for their home districts , ALL piled on the national debt  , an arrogant display of victor claiming their spoils and something of which I mentioned to one of today’s tea party leader’s Scott Hennen , and I was told snidely that ” The republicans got a mandate to do anything they damn pleased’ (paraphrasing). Yeah, I so much respect these tea partiers!

  • noblindersonme

    One reason Berg  is not participating in these tea party events is because he has found , as I predicted and as the dummies here have ignored , that once in offfice the hard realities hit hard and superificial campaign rhetoric no longer suffices in the real world of government. In the real world every one belongs to a ‘special interest group’ and each group wants and wants and wants! ND wants it’s entitlements , social security and medicare as proved by the dummies in the tea party crowds last year who ranted” Keep your dadgummed govt hands off MY medicare!”. ND wants those dikes protecting them  , ND farmers want those fed subsidys coming to them as proved by all Republican farmers getting all pissy by the insinuations that they don’t deserve them, ND wants the miltary to be   hightly funded as proved by Kalk who rages that Obama is indeed gutting the military , even though we spend as much on our defense budget as the rest of the world combined! and it goes on… WE want ! BUT WE DON”T WANT OUR OUR STUFF TOUCHED!!!
     yeah you try and lead in today’s world !

  • Eric

    Anyone have a link to an online copy of the debate?