The Romanian public Television (TVR) proposed Victor Ponta and Klaus Iohannis to take part in one or more electoral debates tackling world and home politics topics until the run-off to be moderated by more anchormen from other TV news channels. TVR general manager Stelian Tanase says TVR HQs or Parliament Palace could host the debates. He argues that TVR is covering all Romania’s territory, but also diaspora areas where Romanians are living abroad. Tanase also says the public TV channel has never been sanctioned by the media watchdog body during this electoral campaign, which proves TVR’s neutrality and fair play to all contenders.
On the other hand, Victor Ponta invited Klaus Iohannis to take part next week in four TV debates on four preset topics at Realitatea TV, Romania TV, B1TV and Antena 3. PSD staff proposed a debate on social and business policy topic on November 10, a debate on foreign policy and national security on November 11, one debate on rule of law and public institutions’ development on November 12 and the last one debating each candidates’ view about Romania’s development.
In retort, Klaus Iohannis answered he would like the debate with Victor Ponta to take place “face to face, in a non-partisan location”. He said his campaign staff would negotiate the terms with his opponent’ s team, adding that no direct negotiation has been launched yet.