Wright State University to Host the First Presidential Debate in Fall 2016

This is the press release from Wright State University:

“The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced today that Wright State University has been selected to host the first debate in fall 2016 prior to the November general election.

“The debate will be held Sept. 26, 2016, at the Wright State University Nutter Center.

“’I could not be any prouder of our university and the fact that the Commission on Presidential Debates has entrusted Wright State to host such an important event,’ said Wright State University President David R. Hopkins. ‘The Commission had the daunting challenge of selecting just a few institutions and the fact that Wright State was selected is very gratifying and humbling. I am confident that our university will excel in supporting the Commission and represent our students, faculty and staff, community, and the State of Ohio in a way that will make us all proud. This is a huge win for all of us.’”

“The CPD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation and has sponsored all general election presidential and vice presidential debates since 1988. To learn more about the CPD visit debates.org.

“Visit the Wright State University Debate 2016 website — wright.edu/event/debate — to learn more about the event.”


I am pretty certain that the membership and the leadership of our AAUP chapter will be very well-represented at the event.

This summer’s anti-Koch rally in Columbus has prompted us to order several hundred t-shirts with our logo prominently printed on them. But if Governor Kasich should somehow be the Republican nominee, we might have to dig out the “Vote No on SB 5” t-shirts—and perhaps have some new ones printed up.

It’s possible, however, that I am being very unfair to Governor Kasich. When I watched him on Seth Meyer’s show last night, he came across as so personable and so compassionate that I had a hard time believing he was the same guy who said, when that union-busting legislation was introduced shortly after his inauguration, that he was now driving the bus and that we could all either get on the bus or get run over.

When you are one of those who happened to be standing in front of the bus, that sort of thing is kind of difficult to forget.

Then again, this is turning into a very strange election season. If Donald Trump can be not just a candidate for president but a “serious” contender, then why should I think that Governor Kasich cannot be personable and compassionate?



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