Rules for the Texas gubernatorial debate

Debates
Greg Abbott, left, and Lupe Valdez-846655081

Gov. Greg Abbott and former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez will get 60 seconds to answer questions and 30 seconds for each rebuttal during the Texas gubernatorial debate at 7 p.m. Central on Friday, Sept. 28.

If there’s a follow-up question, each candidate will then get 30 seconds to answer.

The sound of a bell will ring when the time is up.

While there are no opening statements, Abbott and Valdez will each give a closing statement. 

A random coin flip determined the order of the questions.

The questions will be focused on local and regional issues impacting communities across Texas and candidate-specific subjects.

The debate will be moderated by KXAN’s Robert Hadlock.

He will be joined by a panel of leading news anchors and journalists from across the state who will ask questions to the candidates, including Julie Fine of KXAS NBC 5 News, Andy Cerota of KPRC 2 News, Steve Spriester of KSAT 12 News and Norma Garcia of Telemundo 39.

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