Republican congressional candidate Carl Mumpower will appear live today (Oct. 28) on WWNC-570 AM with Take a Stand! radio host Matt Mittan, in a discussion that will serve as a warmup for a scheduled debate later this week between Mumpower and incumbent Rep. Heath Shuler.
Mumpower will be interviewed on-air and take listener questions beginning at 4 p.m. Shuler will take the mic the following day, Wednesday, Oct. 29, also at 4 p.m..
The conversations will culminate Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m., when both men will gather for a roundtable discussion with Mittan that will also include listener questions. Mittan says there’ll be time for rebuttals and plenty of interaction between the candidates, while giving listeners a chance to put in their two cents’ worth.
For his part, says Mittan, “I’m going to focus on the issues that each campaign has made a priority, and just give them an opportunity to contrast each other’s priorities and where their differences lie. … Then we’ll let the listeners call in and create a kind of ‘WNC spin zone.’ It’ll be a free-for-all.”
The debate will also be carried live on WMXF-AM 1400 in Waynesville and online at the Take a Stand! Web site. The debate event also will be covered by Xpress and other local media.
— Hal L. Millard, staff writer