Congressman dings Wright State for ‘poor planning’

Rep. Mike Turner cited “poor planning” among the reasons Wright State University had to back out of hosting this fall’s first presidential debate.

“I think it falls not just on the community, but on Wright State,” Turner said. “Just sounds like the work wasn’t done that needed to be done.”

The Republican congressman and former Dayton mayor said he’s disappointed because of the loss of exposure for the region.

WSU President David Hopkins cited mounting costs and security concerns in announcing earlier this week that the university was backing out of the Sept. 26 debate.

Fairborn Mayor Dan Kirkpatrick echoed Hopkins’ concerns about security on the large, open campus, and how it played a major role in the decision.

“I have been to a number of meetings where they have talked about the difficulties of it being an open university and them maintaining security,” Kirkpatrick said. “Obviously we were very disappointed … but we understand why the university did it.”

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