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Vice presidential debate at U needs more money for security

FARMVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 04: Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine (L) and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence (R) debate as moderator Elaine Quijano (C) listens during the Vice Presidential Debate at Longwood University on October 4, 2016 in Farmville, Virginia. This is the second of four debates during the presidential election season and the only debate between the vice presidential candidates. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah says it needs another $1.5 million to be able to host a vice presidential debate this fall.

The legislature has already given the U $2.5 million. Wednesday, the university and Utah Debate Commission asked a legislative committee for additional funding to pay for tighter security.

They said they need things like tenting and an unscalable fence to go around Kingsbury Hall.

They are also doing private fundraising for the final bill of between $5 and 6 million..

Vice president Mike Pence will debate the democratic vice presidential candidate on October 7th.

Organizers say it will give Utah college students an educational opportunity. And it will showcase Utah on national television.

The state should also get an economic boost from some 1500 journalists, campaign staffers and others coming into town.


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