Southeast Hosting Election 2016 Debate with CNN Staffers Oct. 17

ss_election2016_fbSoutheast Missouri State University will host a political debate Oct. 17 entitled “Election 2016 – Political Contributor’s Point/Counterpoint Debate with Van Jones and Kayleigh McEnany” as part of its 2016-2017 Speakers Series.

The debate is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Show Me Center and is open to the public. Tickets are required for entry. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at or the Show Me Center Box Office. Current Southeast faculty, staff and students can use a Redhawks ID to pick up a free ticket in the Center for Student Involvement (University Center Room 204) or the Show Me Center Box Office.


Kayleigh McEnany


Kayleigh McEnany

McEnany is a conservative pundit and CNN political commentator.  She graduated from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctor and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service in international politics. She also studied politics and international relations at Oxford University, St. Edmund Hall.

As a CNN commentator, McEnany appears nightly on CNN’s primetime shows and throughout its daytime programming.  Before joining CNN, McEnany appeared on ABC’s “The View” and was regularly featured on various Fox News and Fox Business programs.

In addition to her television work, McEnany was a columnist for “Above The Law,” providing textualist analysis of legal issues.  She has also written for various publications like The Daily Caller, The Blaze, Newsmax, PJ Media, The International Business Times and, among others.

McEnany spent three years working at Fox News and The Mike Huckabee Show, and interned with the Bush White House, Bush-Cheney 2004, Tom Gallagher for Governor and the Office of Congressman Adam Putnam.


Van Jones


Van Jones

Jones is a civil rights leader, former Obama White House advisor and CNN political correspondent. He is the founder and president of Dream Corps — an incubator, platform and home for world-changing initiatives that empower the most vulnerable in our society. The Dream Corps’ three programs — #cut50, #YesWeCode and Green For All — work to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity.

A Yale-educated attorney, Jones has written two New York Times bestsellers: “The Green Collar Economy,” the definitive book on green jobs, and “Rebuild the Dream,” a roadmap for progressives. Over the past two decades, Jones has founded four thriving social enterprises, advancing solutions to some of America’s toughest economic and environmental problems. In 2009, he worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending.