February 5, 2023

Farnsworth Moderates Congressional Debate on C-SPAN

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Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies Stephen Farnsworth

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, served as moderator for a Tenth Congressional District debate held recently in Manassas Park. The debate, cosponsored by the Prince William Committee of 100 and the League of Women Voters of the Prince William/Fauquier area, featured candidates seeking to represent a district centered in Loudoun County and including parts of Prince William County and other neighboring jurisdictions. Watch the debate, which aired on C-SPAN.

In addition, Farnsworth was featured in several recent media mentions, including:
With UMW student Cassandra Atkinson:
Holding the Center (Richmond Magazine)
Midterm elections are often tough on candidates who belong to the political party that controls the White House, but Democrats are doing what they can to reverse a long-running trend that this year should favor Republicans.
Wexton, Cao debate in Manassas Park, outline key differences on immigration, transgender issues (Potomac Local)
University of Mary Washington Professor Dr. Stephen Farnsworth asked more than 10 questions of the candidates during an exchange that lasted nearly an hour and a half.
Virginia Rep. Jennifer Wexton, Republican Hung Cao debate on inflation, abortion (Blacksburg Dispatch; Arlington Weekly Story)
The forum, co-hosted by the nonpartisan Prince William Committee of 100 and local chapter of the League of Women Voters, was moderated by Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington.
10th District candidates Wexton, Cao trade barbs in second debate in four days (WTOP; Inside Nova; McClean Gazette)
Moderator Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at Mary Washington University, also asked the candidates about possibly expanding Metro into Prince William County.
U.S. House seat opponents in Virginia spar over inflation, abortion in latest debate (Record Patriot; C-Span)
The forum, co-hosted by the nonpartisan Prince William Committee of 100 and local chapter of the League of Women Voters, was moderated by Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington.
New Ad Campaign Featuring Governor Glenn Youngkin (WHRV 89.5)
“In Virginia we have long had new road maps printed after every election so that the picture of the new governor and maybe a brief welcome statement is included in that at the maps available at rest areas,” said Stephen Farnsworth.
Riggleman endorses Spanberger, continuing a long line of cross-party endorsements in Virginia (WVTF)
Riggleman lost his seat after officiating a gay wedding, then became an adviser to the January 6th Committee. Now he’s participating in what Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says is a long tradition in Virginia politics.
2022 Virginia Business Political Roundtable (Virginia Business)
Virginia Business Editor Richard Foster will moderate a live, in-person discussion with a panel of statewide political experts, debating the latest developments in the congressional midterm elections across Virginia and the nation.
Stephen Farnsworth, Professor and Director, Center for Leadership and Media Studies
WATCH: Rep. Wexton Repeatedly Stumbles Over Russia Question: ‘Un, Un, Un, Un, Un, Un, Un, Un …’ (CSN News)
At the Virginia 10th Congressional District Candidates Forum on Oct. 5, University of Mary Washington Political Science Professor Stephen Farnsworth asked Wexton, “What should the United States do with respect to the Russian – continuing Russian invasion and occupation of Ukraine?”
Denver Riggleman in a new ad endorsing incumbent Democrat Abigail Spanberger (WHRV)
“If you look back to the days when Senator John Warner was active in Virginia politics, for example, he really did see a real concern about conservative Republicans undermining the state of the party as well as not being the best choice for the country,” said Stephen Farnsworth. https://tinyurl.com/4r6fe6j8
Outcompeting China and Restraining Russia (CTV News)
“We recognize in the United States the kind of threat that China poses, both military and economic, and the Biden administration is making it clear that the challenge is a two-prong challenge. With respect to Russia, we all know around the world that the situation with Russia is really more military”, said Stephen Farnsworth.

Spanberger-Vega debate in Virginia’s 7th District is canceled (The Washington Post; Cave Spring News; US Today)
Last month, Vega would not agree to debate Spanberger at the University of Mary Washington — a session co-sponsored by a number of community organizations and news outlets — with Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the university, serving as moderator. Farnsworth said that the Spanberger campaign agreed but there was no agreement from Vega’s campaign.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/10/17/spanberger-vega-debate-canceled/
https://cavespringnews.com/spanberger-vega-debate-in-virginias-7th-district-is-canceled/
https://ustoday.news/spanberger-vega-debate-in-virginias-7th-circuit-is-canceled/

No faceoff in 7th District race, but plenty of debate about who’s to blame (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Spanberger’s campaign said it had expected the moderator to be Stephen Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington, who had moderated a debate the Prince William organization held earlier this month with candidates in the 10th Congressional District — Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-10th, and Republican challenger Hung Cao.
https://richmond.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/no-faceoff-in-7th-district-race-but-plenty-of-debate-about-whos-to-blame/article_03b15b87-fe01-5924-a9e4-9fc4ed0254ac.html#tracking-source=home-top-story

With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats? (Virginia Mercury)
“Virginia Republicans have come a long way from the days when congressmen who were redistricted into the same district as another Republican simply stepped aside for more senior members of Congress, as George Allen did 30 years ago,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington.
https://www.virginiamercury.com/2022/10/17/with-republicans-like-these-who-needs-democrats/

Congressional Candidate Critical of Loan Forgiveness Sought to Have Student Debt Cleared Via Bankruptcy (NBC Washington)
Political analyst Stephen Farnsworth said word of the Vegas bankruptcy is bad news for the campaign but may not actually influence that many voters because many are already firmly aligned.
Editorial: Blame Vega for three debate fails (The Free Lance-Star)
She first snubbed University of Mary Washington professor Stephen Farnsworth.