Debate Watch to Provide Close Look at Presidential Candidates

Posted: September 22, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

If you think your candidate is larger than life, here’s your chance to see him that way: On Friday, Sept. 26, Mason will host a Debate Watch to view two presidential candidates, Republican Sen. John McCain and Democrat Sen. Barack Obama, as they go head-to-head on national television for the first time.

The Debate Watch will be held in the Johnson Center atrium on the Fairfax Campus.

The debate will be preceded at 8 p.m. by a panel of experts who will discuss campaign issues. Panelists include Mason communication professors Steven Farnsworth and Steve Klein and New Century College professor Janette Muir. Representatives from local Republican and Democratic committees will also participate.

Following the debate, which is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m., panelists and the audience will discuss the candidates’ performance.

The debate will focus on foreign policy and national security. It is being broadcast from the campus of the University of Mississippi, and PBS’s Jim Lehrer is the moderator.

Debate Watch sponsors are C-SPAN, Cox Communications, New Century College and MasonVotes.

Kevin Sanchez contributed to this report.

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