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Hofstra University to Host Presidential Debate Sept. 26

Hofstra University will host the first presidential debate on September 26, 2016, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced today.

“Hofstra University is honored to be called on to host the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, 2016. This is an extraordinary privilege and responsibility,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “We greatly appreciate the faith shown in us by the Commission on Presidential Debates, and we have begun preparations for a very successful debate.”

Hofstra University hosted presidential debates in 2008 between then-Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain and in 2012 between President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.  It will be the first university to host three consecutive presidential debates.

Hofstra had agreed to serve an alternate 2016 debate site, and was tapped by the Commission after Wright State University in Ohio announced it was withdrawing as the host institution for the first debate.

“Hofstra University served very successfully as a presidential debate site in 2012,” the Commission said in a statement. “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.”

The debate itself is produced and sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a non-partisan, non-profit organization, which controls all aspects of debate production.

All tickets allocated to Hofstra University from the Commission will be distributed via lottery to current students in the days before the debate, as recommended by the CPD and consistent with past practices of debate hosts.  Tickets will not be available through Hofstra University personnel, and tickets are not available through any means at this point in time.

“Congratulations to Hofstra University and its President Stuart Rabinowitz for securing a presidential debate which will boost the local economy and promote the region,” said Kevin Law, president and CEO of the Long Island Association.








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