Wyoming Officials Request Early Presidential Debate In Wyoming

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Three of Wyoming’s top elected officials are recommending that Wyoming host an early presidential debate.

Gov. Mark Gordon, Secretary of State Ed Buchanan and Treasurer Curt Meier, in a joint letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates, suggested a debate be held in early September in Wyoming.

The letter said given the disruptions to this year’s election season, a debate should be held before the first one is now scheduled to be held on Sept. 29.

“We must give voters a fair chance in an already unprecedented election, and I ask that you consider adding an additional, earlier debate in Wyoming this September,” the letter said. “This monumental election will determine the very future of our nation. The least we can do is equip voters with the facts necessary to aid them in electing the next president of the United States.”

The letter did not specify why Wyoming would be a good site for a presidential debate, but it did note that Wyoming’s early voting period will begin 11 days before the Sept. 29 debate.

“Wyomingites who vote early deserve the same opportunity afforded to other states to hear the two competing visions for our country and make a well-informed decision when casting their vote at the ballot box — especially when one candidate has spent the duration of the campaign avoiding voters and questions from the press,” it said.

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