Longwood University prepares for Tuesday’s Vice Presidential debate

FARMVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — After more than a year of planning, the final touches are going up on the campus of Longwood University ahead of Tuesday’s debate between Gov. Mike Pence and Sen. Tim Kaine.

The secret service has the campus basically barricaded – no on is allowed in or out without an ID – and that includes students.

8News spoke with one student about the regulations.

“It’s very strict.” Madelyn Lazorchak said. “We have to check in and out when we go on campus. We have to carry around our ID’s.”

Some have wondered if the small university in the town of Farmville, Virginia is up to the challenge of planning and organizing such a large national event.

Longwood’s director of communications, Matthew McWilliams, spoke with 8News on the matter.


“It’s a daunting challenge, but one that I feel like we have risen to,” he said. “It is exciting. The eyes of the world will be on Longwood, and that is an exciting thing.”

8News will have team coverage from Tuesday’s Vice Presidential debate at Longwood, starting at 9 p.m.

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