Sep 24, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Ohio Gov. DeWine to activate National Guard for presidential debate

Gov. Mike DeWine in Colombus, Ohio, in November 2018.

Gov. Mike DeWine. Photo: Justin Merriman/Getty Images

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Twitter Thursday that he plans to active about 300 Ohio National Guard members for the first presidential debate in Cleveland next Tuesday.

Why it matters: The National Guard will assist Cleveland police officers to "ensure a safe and secure environment" for debate attendees, DeWine wrote. The move follows months of protests and unrest across the United States.

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