VP candidates poised to face off on Longwood University debate stage

FARMVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — Thousands are converging on the campus of Longwood University Tuesday morning as the campaign trail leads right to the heart of Virginia.

Vice Presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence will take the stage together for the one and only 2016 Vice Presidential debate Tuesday at 9 p.m. in Willet Hall.

The seating is limited with about 500 seats and 100 of those designated for students.

Virginia is, of course, Tim Kaine’s home state, but the commission on the Presidental debates actually chose Longwood more than six months before Kaine was selected as Hillary Clinton’s running mate.

The school beat out about 100 other universities to host the debate.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to share our story. We’ve been here a long time — one of the 100 oldest colleges and universities. But we’re not well known as we ought to be beyond Virginia. It’s, of course, great to get that name out,” said Justin Pope, Longwood University Chief of Staff.

Some 2,000 members of the media are expected to be on the universities campus. Longwood University only enrolls 5,000 students and the entire town of Farmville is home to about 8,000 people.

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