RIT to Host Mock Presidential Debate, Jan. 31

Representatives from Obama and Clinton campaigns will square off against RIT Debate Team

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In advance of Super Tuesday, when 22 states will hold primaries or caucuses Feb. 5, Rochester Institute of Technology will host a mock debate featuring representatives from two of the 2008 presidential candidates.

John Pellito from Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign and Julie Hutchinson from Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign will represent the Democratic candidates. Members of the RIT Debate Team will stand in as representatives for the major Republican candidates. The Republican campaigns did not respond to RIT’s invitation to the mock debate.

RIT students from the class Introduction to Public Policy, taught by William Johnson Jr., distinguished professor of public policy, will field questions to the representatives.

The mock debate will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, in the George Eastman Building, room 2000. The event is not open to the public, but members of the media are invited to cover the debate.