DAYTON, Ohio — An Ohio college says it is withdrawing as host of the first presidential general election debate, citing rising security concerns and costs.
The event will now take place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
Wright State University President David Hopkins called a news conference for Tuesday afternoon to make the announcement and explain the decision to pull out of its role for the scheduled Sept. 26 debate. School spokesman Bob Mihalek confirmed that Wright State was withdrawing but declined further comment pending Hopkins’ appearance.
Hopkins says the recent mass slayings in Nice, France, heightened his worries about security needs for the debate.
The Commission on Presidential Debates released the following statement:
In light of Wright State University’s announcement of earlier today, the September 26, 2016 Presidential Debate will be held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. The Commission very much appreciates Wright State’s efforts. Hofstra University served very successfully as a presidential debate site in 2012. On September 23, 2015, the Commission announced that Hofstra University had agreed to serve as an alternate site this debate cycle if needed. The Commission looks forward to working with Hofstra once again.