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ASU marks final presidential debate with two events

October 14, 2008

Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus will mark the third and final presidential debate with an event at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and another at Tom’s Restaurant & Tavern.

Students, faculty, staff and the general public are invited to watch the television debate between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain at 6 p.m., Oct. 15, at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave.

The debate will be shown live on the Cronkite School’s 16-foot by 9-foot television screen in the First Amendment Forum on the second floor of the building. Media, including television trucks, may park in the lot directly north of the Cronkite building.

Kelly McDonald, an assistant professor of communications in ASU’s School of Letters and Sciences, will moderate a non-partisan public discussion at Tom’s Restaurant & Tavern, 2 N. Central Ave., following the debate. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in DebateWatch, the nation’s largest and most inclusive voter education and civic engagement project. The event will be open to the public and limited to 220 guests.

McDonald recently finished a 13-year study on U.S. presidential debates, which has resulted in his first book, “The Third Agenda in U.S. Presidential Debates.” McDonald’s book will be released later this month by Praeger Publishers. For information, call Tom’s Tavern at (602) 257 - 1688.