Just a few days before the submission deadline on March 31, 2015, West Virginia State University and West Virginia University are now also in the running to host a 2016 Presidential Debate.


Report from WSAZ:

A group in West Virginia is vying for a chance to host one of the 2016 Presidential or Vice Presidential debates in downtown Charleston.

The application was submitted Wednesday to the nation’s Commission on Presidential Debates.

West Virginia State University and West Virginia University have joined forces, along with city of Charleston, the State of West Virginia, Steptoe and Johnson, PLLC Attorneys at Law, and the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia for the proposal.

The proposal followed letters of support from West Virginia’s entire Congressional delegation, as well as former Governor Gaston Caperton and others, according to the release.

“I am grateful for the collaboration and efforts of so many who have come together in an effort to bring a major national event to West Virginia,” Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said. “Our partners represent a diverse group who are committed to working together to achieve a common goal. I look forward to working with the Commission and our partners to do all we can to bring this wonderful opportunity to the Mountain State.”

The plan submitted calls for the debate to be held at the Clay Center in late September or October, 2016. WVU and WVSU would also host pre-debate activities on their campuses throughout the year leading up to the debate itself.

No decision will be announced by the Commission on Presidential Debates until sometime around October or November of 2015. As noted previously, the University of Virginia has applied, as has the City of Birmingham, and Texas A&M University. There are likely others but their applications haven’t been publicly disclosed.