- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia group wants to bring a 2016 presidential debate to the Mountain State.

The group includes West Virginia and West Virginia State universities, which would host the debate at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston. Other members are the state, the city of Charleston and the law firm Steptoe and Johnson.

The universities say an application was submitted on Wednesday to the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Logistics, security and other aspects of the debate would be managed by a new nonprofit, the West Virginia Commission on Presidential Debates, Inc. Charleston lawyer Mike Stuart with Steptoe and Johnson is the commission’s chair.

Stuart says in a news release that the application is the first step. He calls a presidential debate “the Super Bowl of politics.”


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