Wright State University Withdraws from First Presidential Debate
Wright State University in Ohio was poised to host the first Presidential debate this year between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Unfortunately, the university has withdrawn from holding the debate citing funding issues and concerns about huge cost overruns.
The change was first reported today by the Commission on Presidential Debates:
In light of Wright State University’s announcement of earlier today, the September 26, 2016 Presidential Debate will be held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. The Commission very much appreciates Wright State’s efforts. Hofstra University served very successfully as a presidential debate site in 2012. On September 23, 2015, the Commission announced that Hofstra University had agreed to serve as an alternate site this debate cycle if needed. The Commission looks forward to working with Hofstra once again.
Report from Dayton Daily News:
In a release Tuesday, the Wright State Board of Trustees Chair Michael Bridges said the board fully supports Hopkins’ decision.
“It’s the responsible thing to do,” Bridges said in a release. “While the community has been overwhelmingly supportive of Wright State hosting the debate, the safety and security of the campus and community is of paramount importance.”
Unlike private universities that have hosted debates in the past, Wright State cannot restrict public access to its campus, which added to the security challenges, the university said.
“We were fully aware of the challenges and were prepared to meet them when we decided to host the debate, but things have changed,” Hopkins said. “The current national environment has made security even more critical.”
The date will stay the same, but the venue will be moved to Long Island and the campus of Hofstra University, a location which hosted a presidential debate back in 2012. The full debate schedule is available here.