4 Universities Chosen for 2016 Presidential, VP Debates

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2016 Presidential Debate Dates and Sites Are Announced.

The commission added that Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., would serve as a backup site. The Democratic and Republican candidates will debate three times in 2016 at a series of universities, the nonpartisan, nonprofit commission that runs the presidential debates announced today.In a statement, the commission said that it will release details on format and eligibility criteria “in the near future,” while the moderators would be announced next year. “We appreciate the many applications we received and are delighted with the sites we have selected,” said commission co-chairs Frank Fahrenkopf and Mike McCurry in the statement. “We look forward to working with these fine universities and their students and communities to bring these important civic events to the nation.”

LOUIS (AP) — Four universities were chosen Wednesday to host the 2016 presidential and vice presidential debates, including veteran host Washington University in St. Joan Neff, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Longwood, added: “For Longwood students, the chance to experience a debate on campus will be a part of their college experience they will never forget.” Washington University has hosted more debates sponsored by the commission than any other institution. The Commission on Presidential Debates also announced that Dominican University of California will lead “an initiative to use technology and social media to engage young voters in a discussion of major issues in the 2016 debates,” using the hashtag #DUdebate16. Chancellor Mark Wrighton said several factors played in Washington University’s favor, including its central U.S. location and its track record in successfully carrying out debates.

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