Four universities to host 2016 presidential, VP debates

Chosen based on 'ability to integrate' this into 'ongoing responsibilities'

The four universities that will host the 2016 presidential and vice presidential debates were chosen on Wednesday.  

The non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates made their selection from 16 schools and cities that submitted bids back in April and determined:

  • Wright State University will host the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, 2016;
  • Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) will host the second on Oct. 9, 2016;
  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) will host the final debate on Oct. 19, and
  • Longwood University will host the vice presidential debate on Oct. 4, 2016.

Additionally, Hofstra University will serve as a backup site, and Dominican University of California will lead a technology and social media project aimed at increasing discussions among young voters.

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The sites were chosen based on logistics—not politics, the commission's Executive Director Janet Brown told the Associated Press. These included regional hotels, support services, and the "ability to integrate something this big and complicated into their ongoing responsibilities," she said.

"This is a huge win for all of us," Wright State President David Hopkins says.

This is the sixth time WashU has been chosen to host a debate, previously it held presidential debates in 1992, 2000, and 2004; and a vice presidential debate in 2008. The 1996 debate it was set to host was cancelled.

"They quite obviously have confidence in us," Chancellor Mark Wrighton says. "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to host again."

Wright, UNLV, and Longwood are all first-time hosts (Salter/Suhr, AP/PBS NewsHour, 9/23; Salter/Suhr, AP/ABC News, 9/23).

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