ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – There are only three weeks left until the presidential candidates converge in St. Louis for their town hall-style debate at Washington University.
Washington University professor Michael Sherraden is leading a conference this week talking about social policy, recommending data-based solutions to social issues like homelessness, income inequality and mass incarceration. The conference is preparing questions to suggest to the moderators during the debate.
For the university community, the presidential debate is held at an arm’s distance.
“It’s here and we would like to be interacting with it, but we’re not really in control of that,” Sherraden says. He adds the university is not directly involved in the debate’s planning or execution. And getting inside the debate hall will be a feat of its own.
“I was at a meeting with Chancellor [Mark] Wrighton just yesterday; he said even he doesn’t have a ticket to the debate,” Sherraden says.
Ultimately, Sherraden says all he and his colleagues hope for the debate is that the candidates stay on topic and address real issues.
“A political campaign that focuses more on real issues that are affecting people’s lives will be much more constructive than the kind of campaign we’ve had so far,” he says.
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