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Next Democratic Presidential Primary Debate To Be Near Columbus

Otterbein University

Otterbein University in Westerville will host CNN's  presentation of the fourth Democratic Presidential Primary debate.

The Democratic National Committee says the next debate will take place on October 15. If enough candidates qualify, the debate will extend to October 16 as well. Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper says the suburban Columbus city is a great location for this event.

“The biggest shift in Ohio politics is that suburbs like Westerville that used to be Republican have become Democrat or toss up," Pepper says.

Pepper says suburban women have trended away from President Trump in recent years, suggesting to him that Democrats see it as winnable next November. 

Ohio Republican Party Press Secretary Elizabeth Giannone says, "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." She notes President Trump won Ohio by eight points. And she says the "Democrats' radical agendas, policies that will only result in higher taxes on the middle class, simply don't resonate here."

Interestingly, one of President Trump's most vocal opponents, Republican former Governor John Kasich, works at both CNN and Otterbein. 

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