College Hosts Program to Discuss Presidential Debates

By: Lisa S. Icenogle

Local residents interested in learning more about the current race for the United States presidency can watch the two upcoming debates at Casper College and talk to local political experts about the issues and the stances of each candidate.

The Casper College Communication Department is teaming with the Political Science Department to present “Night at the Debates” this month for students and voters.

The first debate will feature the Democratic candidates on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in Durham Auditorium in Aley Hall on the campus. After watching the debate on television, the audience can speak with numerous expert commentators including Representative Tim Stubson (R-Natrona County), former Wyoming Governor Mike Sullivan (D), and Jordan Giese (communication director for the Wyoming Democratic State Party).

“Our hope is to engage our audience in the political process by discussing how each candidate forms his/her arguments, the communication aspect, as well as what they are saying about the issues, the political component,” said communication instructor Doug Hall. “Whether we are talking about Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, our aim is to talk less about partisan politics and more about how to be a thoughtful voter.”

The second debate will feature the Republican candidates on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. in Durham Auditorium in Aley Hall. Commentators this evening will include Representative Mary Throne (D-Laramie County), former Wyoming Speaker of the House Roy Cohee (R-Natrona County) and a Wyoming GOP State Party representative.

All students and local residents are encouraged to attend the free event. To learn more about Night at the Debates, contact Hall at 268-2496 or

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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