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Campaign Aims to Bring College Student Voices and Issues Into Presidential Debates

election2016Later this month, when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump meet onstage at Hofstra University for the first presidential debate of 2016, they may have to answer to college students.

That’s 117 college students from 87 schools across the United States, to be exact, who gathered in California last week to devise questions they hope the debate moderators will ask.

This initiative, called College Debate 2016, is the fruit of a partnership between the Commission on Presidential Debates and Dominican University of California to encourage civic engagement among college students. Over two days on the Dominican campus, student delegates, who had been charged with getting input from their peers in the preceding weeks, discussed and debated which issues and questions to send to the moderators. The program culminated Sept. 7, when they gathered onstage to vote with paddles for the five final questions in a live-streamed caucus-style town hall.

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Posted September 15th, 2016 | Debate 2016 | Delegates | General