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Wright State University To Host First Presidential Debate Of 2016

Wright State University
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Wright State University in Dayton has been chosen to host the first general election presidential debate next year. The Commission that chooses where and when those debates will be held has selected Wright State’s Ervin J. Nutter Center as home to the first debate on September 26th in 2016.

University President David R. Hopkins says the he’s proud the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has "entrusted Wright State to host such an important event." 

“And it’s not just Wright State," the university leader said. "It’s been all kinds of community partners that have been working with us, and so this was a gratifying day today for it be publicly announced, all over the world that we will host the first presidential debate.”
Hopkins said the university has much to do in the next year to get ready for the debate—that includes lining up sponsors and other funding sources to offset costs of the big event.

The CPD announced other presidential debate sites in St. Louis, and Las Vegas. One vice-presidential debate will be held next year in Virginia.

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