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Lieutenant Governor Candidates Settle Debate Plans

Lieutenant governor candidates Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte will face off in a televised statewide debate on September 29 at 7 p.m., sponsored by The Texas Tribune, Austin's KLRU-TV and Univision.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, speaks at the Texas Business Roundtable candidate forum on Jan. 14, and state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic nominee, addresses delegates at the 2014 Texas Democratic Convention on June 27.

Lieutenant governor candidates Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte will face off in a televised statewide debate on September 29 at 7 p.m., sponsored by The Texas Tribune, Austin's KLRU-TV and Univision. There won't be a studio audience but an internet live stream will be available in addition to the broadcast on TV stations around the state. 

The candidates agreed to a one-hour debate moderated by Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey that will be kicked off with a coin toss. The candidates agreed to a formal debate: Both will stand and their responses and rebuttals will be timed with lights visible to both the candidates and the on-air audience. 

This is the only debate both candidates have agreed to, although several other proposals have been offered for dates between now and Election Day. 

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