Branstad, Hatch Face Off in First Debate Thursday

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Terry Branstad and Jack Hatch. (WHO-HD)

Terry Branstad and Jack Hatch. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa — You won’t need a ticket to attend the first gubernatorial debate Thursday.

The Iowa Public Television Debate will take place at the Penningroth Media Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Workers set up the center Wednesday for the debate.

The debate will be a first for Democratic challenger and state senator Jack Hatch. Terry Branstad has taken part in a number of debates during his five terms as Iowa governor.

The debate begins at 4:00 p.m. and is open to the public.