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Washington University to host vice presidential debate

Monday, June 2, 2008 | 1:35 p.m. CDT; updated 7:32 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

ST. LOUIS — Washington University is again hosting a national debate for this year’s presidential election, but this time, it will feature the second spots on the tickets.

Still, officials with the Commission on Presidential Debates say this year’s vice presidential debate at the university in St. Louis is far from second-class.

The commission is hosting three debates among presidential candidates in addition to the Oct. 2 vice presidential debate.

Joani Wardwell of the commission notes that the St. Louis debate may be the only opportunity for viewers to see the vice presidential candidates meet in a face-to-face discussion.

Washington University hosted presidential debates in 1992, 2000 and 2004.


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John Schultz June 3, 2008 | 11:49 a.m.

To be "far from second-class" the CPD should also have third-party candidates that have a mathematical chance of winning the presidency, i.e. being on the ballot in enough states to win in the Electoral College. This would be a smaller total number, probably five candidates at the most, than both the Democrat and Republican debates started with.

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