Opinion

Presidential politics, on a Mountain State stage?

An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The last time there was a presidential debate in West Virginia, it was during the 1960 Democratic primary battle between John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey. Topics included Cuban sugar quotas, anti-segregation sit-ins in the south, and whether “Red China” should be admitted to the U.N.

Fifty-five years later, state and local leaders want to bring a presidential debate to West Virginia again.

A coalition of groups represented by the West Virginia Commission of Presidential Debates has submitted a 200-page application to host one of the three 2016 presidential debates.

“We deserve to be put on a national stage in this way. It’s a great opportunity to showcase all of the wonderful things West Virginia has to offer,” said LeAnn Cain, a spokeswoman for Charleston’s Clay Center, where the proposed event would take place.

Presidential debates aren’t always held large cities, or swing states…

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