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Vice presidential debates shown downtown


September 30, 2008

ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus is covering the vice 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 first vice presidential debate between Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Sarah Palin at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave.

The debates will be shown live on the Cronkite School's 16 by nine foot wide television screen in the First Amendment Forum on the second floor of the building. The debate begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2.

Professor James Svara of ASU’s School of Public Affairs and director of the Center for Urban Innovation will moderate a non-partisan public discussion after the vice presidential debate is shown at Tom's Restaurant & Tavern, 2 N. Central Ave. Local political representatives will be on hand to answer questions from the audience at Tom's. Among them will be Randy Pullen, chairman of Arizona’s Republican Party, and Emily DeRosa, director of communications for the Arizona Democratic Party.