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      Live debate to clear up details of controversial Issue 2

      WNWO and other NBC affiliates across the state are set to bring a live debate on Ohio's controversial Issue 2 right into your living room.

      NBC stations in Ohio have partnered to present the first televised statewide debate of Issue 2, which is a referendum on Senate Bill 5 (SB 5), a controversial new law that made changes to a variety of government laws and policies.

      The debate will be broadcast from Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, October 25 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on WNWO. NBC News Political Director and White House correspondent, Chuck Todd, will moderate the debate.

      Debating Issue 2 will be State Senator Keith Faber of Building a Better Ohio, who will be defending Issue 2, and Former Ohio Congressman Dennis Eckart of We Are Ohio, which opposes Issue 2.

      Residents and viewers across the state are encouraged to submit questions for both sides debated Issue 2. Send your questions to WNWO by leaving a comment below or by posting our Facebook page .

      SB5 was signed into law by Governor John Kasich earlier this year. A "yes" vote would preserve the law and a "no" vote would repeal the law.

      Former Toledo Mayors Jack Ford and Carty Finkbeiner claim Senate Bill 5 is an attack on the middle class that hurts the city and threatens the safety of its citizens. Current Toledo Mayor Mike Bell says the bill, which restricts collective bargaining rights of state union workers, is needed to help cities stay afloat in the current economic mess.

      "Issue 2, like Senate Bill 5 before it, has evoked intense public scrutiny from both sides over the past year," said Dan Bradley, General Manager of WCMH and spokesperson for Ohio NBC stations. "This debate reaffirms the NBC stations' commitment to quality and comprehensive coverage of the issues that matter most to Ohioans. Our goal with this debate is to educate our communities and clarify the myriad of details of this contentious issue."

      The debate will also be carried live in Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Lima, Steubenville, Youngstown and Zanesville.

      Do you have a question you'd like asked during the debate? Send your questions on Issue 2 to WNWO by leaving a comment below or by posting on our Facebook page . You may also email us directly at