MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Fox News anchor Bret Baier has moderated debates with as many as 17 candidates. He said Tuesday during an appearance on MetroNews “Talkline” the managing of the back-and-forth of debates can be a challenge.
“The issue is always being fair but not letting it get out of hand,” Baier said.
He’ll co-moderate the debate tonight between the top three candidates in the GOP nomination race for U.S. Senate at the Metropolitan Theater with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum.
The debate will involve 3rd District Congressman Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.), state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and former Massey CEO Don Blankenship.
Baier said organizers believe they have some questions to get the three candidates off of their stump speeches.
“Asking some questions that deal with not only West Virginia but on a national sense how that person would play as a senator in the current environment will come to play,” Baier said.
He said some back-and-forth between the candidates won’t be a bad thing.
“Especially on substance — because that helps the viewer and the voter,” he said.
A Fox News poll released last week showed 24 percent of those polled said they were still undecided in the race.
The debate will air nationwide on Fox News Channel from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and is scheduled to be broadcast on some MetroNews Radio Network stations in West Virginia beginning at 6 o’clock.
West Virginia’s Primary Election is scheduled for May 8.