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GOVERNOR CANDIDATES CALL LEWISTOWN TEA PARTY DEBATE "BEST YET" IN 2012 CAMPAIGN

The Lewistown Tea Party received rave reviews for their hard-hitting, fast-paced Lewistown Tea Party Governor Candidates Debatedebate on April 16 at the Fergus Performing Arts Center.  "This was the best forum we have had during this campaign," said Ken Miller, and each of the six other participants offered similar kudos.

A key to the success was the setting - the stage featured a gigantic American flag in the background, and podiums brightly decorated with patriotic bunting and name cards.  The Fergus Performing Arts Center offers a state-of-the-art  wireless mic and sound system, dramatic lighting, and theatre-style seating for 800.  Digital countdown screens visible to the candidates and the audience kept the program right on schedule and resulted in perfect and fair time allocation.

But the part the candidates appreciated most, and used to full advantage, was the quality of the questions, the format, and the organization of the event production.  The program was divided into five segments: introduction, two sets of general questions, a set of "hardball" questions, and conclusion.  What made it interesting and incisive were the six "wild cards" given to each contestant, which allowed them additional time to question another candidate, respond to a remark, or add time to an explanation. 
Aaron Flint and Henry Kriegel
Aaron Flint, host of the popular "Voices of Montana" radio talk show, and Henry Kriegel, also a radio talk show personality and Tea Party leader, moderated the event on the Northern Broadcast Network, and streaming audio was provided by KXLO-KLCM radio and Northern.  Fred Lark of KXLO said during the show, "We have a tremendous number of listeners to our streaming audio feed - we can track where the listeners are, and they cover the entire state."  MidRivers Cable TV also recorded the debate to be broadcast on a delayed basis on their affiliated TV stations.
 
Prior to the debate, a "meet and greet" was held in the forum so that attendees could talk directly with the governor hopefuls, as well as a number of candidates for other state offices.  Several non-government political groups also Meet and Greet at LTP Governor Candidates' Forumhad tables to present information of interest to citizens.

Members of the Lewistown Tea Party put tremendous effort and time into preparation in the months preceding the debate, and the results showed that their effort was well placed.  The candidates were all pleased with the opportunity to present their credentials.  And positive comments continue to come in from local attendees as well as citizens all over the state, indicating that the Lewistown Tea Party's goal of educating voters about the qualifications and policy positions of our Montana candidates was met.


CLICK HERE FOR FULL AUDIO OF THE FORUM:   PART 1    PART 2    PART 3