Sunday, July 31, 2016

Wright State University gave up presidential debate because of budget, security concerns - Karen Farkas,

Wright State University was preparing for international attention as the host of the first presidential debate Sept. 26 when officials abruptly announced last week they could not host the event. Why couldn't the university bask in the spotlight by welcoming Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton? The public university was burdened by an unexpected $27.7 million budget deficit. It needed to find millions of dollars more to put on the event, plus deal with increasing concern about security since it cannot restrict access to the campus. Months of preparation, including spending tens of thousands of dollars to prepare staff and plan special programs for students and community, is all for naught as the debate moves to Hofstra University in New York.

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