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As the eyes of the world turn to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Washington University in St. Louis will play a prominent role in the national political conversation when it hosts a presidential debate on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.

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Candidate Ross Perot, Gov. Bill Clinton and Pres. George H.W. Bush debate on the campus of Washington University Oct. 11, 1992. (Photo: Washington University Archives)

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“The Commission on Presidential Debates’ selection of Washington University is a reflection not only on our dynamic and engaged university community, but also on the importance of the St. Louis region, particularly at this moment in time."

— Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton