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UC Riverside to host congressional debate following presidential debate telecast

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U.C. Riverside Extension will host a double-headed political debate for Inland Empire residents on Oct. 3, starting with a live telecast of the presidential debate on a big-screen TV, followed by a live, in-person debate between candidates for Congress representing Riverside's 41st District.

The Obama-Romney debate kicks off at 6 p.m. Wednesday and will be shown at the UCR Extension Center, 1200 University Ave. The 7:30 p.m. debate between Republican candidate John Taviglione and Democrat Mark Takano will be moderated by Marcia McQuern, former editor and publisher of The Press-Enterprise.

Tavaglione and Takano are running to represent the district that covers Riverside, Perris, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and surrounding areas. Tavaglione got about 4,000 more votes than Takano in the primary election, and the open district race is seen as one of the most competitive in the state.

The 41st is a new, open Congressional district whose boundaries were drawn by the nonpartisan citizens redistricting commission. The person elected will be the first Riverside resident to represent the area in Congress since the early 1990s.

The free event is sponsored by the Riverside League of Women Voters, AARP, The Press-Enterprise, the Latino Network, the NAACP Riverside Branch and The Group. RSPV are required; call 951-827-4105.

The event is part of the UCR Extension Windows on the World program.

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