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UC hosts "Debate the Debate"

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Young Democrats and Republicans came together at UC to discuss the policies and issues of the two presidential candidates on Tuesday night.

Several hundred students and alumni heard from an expert panel including, UC political science alumnus Joe diGenova, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Victoria Toensing, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Richard Harknett, head of UC's political science department and an expert on international security and American national security and Stephen Mockabee, UC associate professor of political science and expert in American government and religion and politics.

"Both of our guest panelists are political policy experts with anti-terrorism government experience and given recent events in the Middle East, will be able to provide perspective on how security concerns play out in the debate as well as comment on domestic issues," said Harknett.

He added that the event is important given that Ohio is a vital, swing state. 

"Because Ohio is a large, swing state, our votes definitely count. We in Ohio have a great deal of influence on the outcome of the race. Due to that, we need to be as informed as possible on the issues and candidates," said Harknett.

One of the experts went so far as to say that if President Obama didn't hit a home run Tuesday after a lackluster performance in the first debate, the election was over.

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