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UC Political Science Faculty, Alumnus to “Debate the Debate” at Oct. 16 Presidential Debate Watch


A UC presidential debate watch featuring political science faculty and graduate is set for Oct. 16 during the second presidential debate. The UC event, which opens at 8:30 p.m. with advice on what to listen for, is free and open to the public.

Date: 10/14/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824

UC ingot   A panel made up of those with long-time Washington, D.C., careers as well as University of Cincinnati political science faculty will help guide both “pre” and “post” discussion of the second presidential debate, which is set for Tuesday, Oct. 16.

The Oct. 16 presidential debate watch in the Great Hall of UC’s Tangeman University Center is free and open to the public. It will include:
  • 8:30 p.m. – Advice from an expert panel on what to listen for and how to “read between the lines”
  • 9 p.m. – Debate broadcast
  • 10:30 p.m. – Reaction to the debate from both the panel and the audience
Serving on the UC expert panel as part of the debate watch will be
  • UC political science alumnus Joe diGenova, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia
  • Victoria Toensing, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Richard Harknett, head of UC’s political science department and an expert on international security and American national security
  • Stephen Mockabee, UC associate professor of political science and expert in American government and religion and politics
According to Harknett, “Both of our guest panelists are political policy experts with anti-terrorism government experience and given recent events in the Middle East, will be able to provide perspective on how security concerns play out in the debate as well as comment on domestic issues.”

He added that the event is important given that Ohio is a vital, swing state.

Said Harknett, “Because Ohio is a large, swing state, our votes definitely count. We in Ohio have a great deal of influence on the outcome of the race. Due to that, we need to be as informed as possible on the issues and candidates.”