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Bloomington gets a debate, but not the presidential one

Indiana University in Bloomington failed to land the presidential debate it hoped for, but it will host a gubernatorial debate between incumbent Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, Democratic challenger Jill Long Thompson and Libertarian Andy Horning.

The debate is slated for Oct. 14 at the IU auditorium. Other gubernatorial debates are scheduled for Sept. 16 in Merrillville and Sept. 23 in Jasper.

The college town had vied for one of three planned debates between presumed presidential nominees John McCain and Barack Obama. But those debates went to Oxford, Miss.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Hempstead, N.Y. A vice-presidential debate is slated for Oct. 2 in St. Louis.

The IU bid was submitted in 2007 by a student-led group and was a “significant learning experience” despite being ultimately unsuccessful, the school said.

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