Republican House candidate debate

From left, Elsie Arntzen answers a question as Corey Stapleton, Drew Turiano and Ryan Zinke listen in the Republican U.S. House candidate debate in April.

BOB ZELLAR/Billings Gazette

HELENA – All five U.S. House Republican candidates will take part in a final debate Wednesday in Kalispell.

Participating will be state Sen. Elsie Arntzen of Billings, state Sen. Matt Rosendale of Glendive, former state Sen. Corey Stapleton of Billings, Drew Turiano of Helena and former state Sen. Ryan Zinke of Whitefish.

The debate will run for two hours, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Red Lion Hotel. Americans for Prosperity-Montana and Glacial Forum are sponsoring the event.

Those attending the debate are encouraged to register at

Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and people must be seated by 6:15 p.m.

Video will be streamed live at

Media panelists for the debate are Frank Miele, editor of Daily Inter Lake; Aaron Flint, host of “Voices of Montana,” Northern Broadcasting Network; and Sanjay Talwani, state political reporter, Montana Television Network.

Joe Balyeat, a former state senator from Bozeman and now state director of AFP-Montana, will be the debate moderator.

The debate will focus on economic issues such as taxation, regulation, deficit spending, energy development and health care.

To encourage interaction among candidates, each will be given three wildcards to be used at any time in the debate. Each candidate also will be allowed to ask one question of another candidate.

AFP is a conservative group that believes in free-market, economic freedom and limited government policies.

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