CSU and San Jose State Host Gubernatorial Debates

As part of its mission to serve the citizens of this state, California State University will be hosting two debates among the three Republican candidates for governor. The first debate will be held at San Jose State University on Tuesday, January 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. (A feed for the debates will be provided to radio and television stations: check your local listings for details.)

CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed noted, "It is critical that California's residents know the issues and know the candidates' stands on those issues. The slowing economy will mean tough decisions in the years ahead, so voters need to be informed, and debates are one way they can hear the candidates' views."

The debates, produced by the California Broadcasters Association, will feature California Secretary of State Bill Jones, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, and businessman William Simon. After an opening statement, candidates will answer questions from a panel of experienced radio, television and print reporters. Each candidate will then be allowed time for rebuttals, followed by a closing statement.

A pre-debate panel discussion led by university faculty and open to the public will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Washington Square Hall 109. A live television feed will be available in that room so the public may view the debates following the panel discussion.

The debates, open to invited guests only because of limited seating, will be held in the University Theater.

The Broadcasters Association and CSU teamed up during the 1998 Governor's race and brought the voters the debates between Gray Davis and Dan Lungren in Fresno, Sacramento and San Francisco.

A second debate will be hosted at CSU Long Beach on February 13 from 7 to 8 p.m.

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Last Updated: 22 January 2002

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