WESTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – The Democratic National Committee announced Friday that the next Democratic presidential debate will be held at Otterbein University in Westerville.

“What we’ve seen in the suburbs of Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and other cities mirrors what has happened in places like Harris County, Texas, and Orange County, California — suburban voters, particularly women, are backing Democratic candidates in response to the broken promises and toxic agenda of Donald Trump,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “In 2018, Ohio House Democrats flipped six seats from red to blue, and those pickups came in suburban communities like Westerville. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s seven-point victory was powered not just by traditional Democratic voters, but by historic gains in our suburbs. Trump is underwater in Ohio — his net approval rating here has dropped 19 percentage points since he took office — and a primary cause is that suburban voters are fleeing the Republican Party in droves.”

Ohio Republican Party Press Secretary Elizabeth Giannone released the following statement shortly after the announcement:

“The 2020 Democratic candidates can debate in Ohio all they want, but Ohioans have made it clear that their radical ideas are not welcome here. President Trump’s pro-growth policies have created a booming economy, and in 2016 we flipped traditionally blue counties red. President Trump won Ohio by 8 points and we are still feeling that momentum thanks to the president’s leadership. The Democrats’ radical agendas, policies that will only result in higher taxes on the middle class, simply don’t resonate here.” 

Ohio Republican Party Press Secretary Elizabeth Giannone

CNN reports that the debate will air live on October 15 with the possibility of a second night. CNN Anchors Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett, as well as New York Times National Editor Marc Lacey, will serve as moderators during the debate.

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