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The Great Debate

The eyes of the state will turn to the University of Dayton at 7 p.m. today as it hosts the first 2018 gubernatorial debate between Democratic nominee Richard Cordray and Republican nominee and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine at Daniel J. Curran Place on the University of Dayton River Campus.

The event is drawing more than 50 print, broadcast and online journalists from around the state, providing UD students with distinctive real-life learning experiences and serving up a statewide platform for the University.

"This is a remarkable opportunity to showcase the University of Dayton," said University President Eric F. Spina. "UD is a powerhouse of research, civic engagement and academic excellence and hosting an elite, high-profile event like the first gubernatorial debate is a great way to increase our visibility.

"The learning experiences for our students and the opportunity to provide a venue for civil discourse about issues facing our state are immensely important to us. A UD education emphasizes the importance of civil dialogue and events such as this can help our students be engaged and informed citizens throughout their lives."

As presenting media partner, Cox Media Group Ohio will broadcast the nearly 1-hour debate on air and online on, and Facebook Live on the Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and WHIO Radio Facebook pages.

More than 20 news outlets throughout Ohio have indicated they will either broadcast the debate live or stream it online. Check local listings for the stations in your area broadcasting the debate.

The debate is offering many University of Dayton students behind-the-scenes experiential learning opportunities. Flyer Media students are shadowing WHIO-TV production crews throughout the day. Flyer News, UD's student-run newspaper, is reporting on the event, including the post-debate spin room. Political science and Vote Everywhere students are working as volunteers, also getting a behind-the-scenes look at a high-stakes political event.

During the debate, more than 60 student leaders and members of the UD Vote Everywhere program, a national, nonpartisan organization promoting civic engagement on college campuses, will be at Curran Place for a debate-watch party, hosted by former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and Nancy Miller, an associate professor of political science.

Another faculty member will have a different role. Christopher Devine, an assistant professor of political science, is part of the debate panel. Devine will join journalists Laura Bischoff of the Dayton Daily News and Jim Otte of WHIO-TV, along with moderator James Brown of WHIO-TV, on the stage asking questions of the candidates.

Devine is frequently interviewed by national and state media for analysis and commentary on campaigns and elections, political parties, public opinion, ideology, political psychology, and the U.S. presidency and vice presidency.

Other students have the opportunity to experience the debate in person, thanks to the generosity of both campaigns, which are providing some of their tickets to UD students.

"We were very excited when this was announced," said Anna Rose Redgate, a UD student ambassador for Vote Everywhere. "As a nonpartisan organization, we’re looking for ways for college students to be connected with the political process and discuss important issues, and this debate is a great opportunity to get involved."


News and Communications Staff