Our name understandably causes people to think that we only cover conventions. If you're a regular reader you know we cover everything from the latest Bruce Springsteen album to Superdelegates.
Now we have a new feather to add to our heavily feather-laden cap. We are credentialed to attend the first Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on October 3rd.
The debate we will be covering will be a discussion of Domestic Policy between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
We would like to thank The Commission On Presidential Debates in advance for inviting us to attend.
The University of Denver to Host the First 2012 Presidential Debate
The Commission on Presidential Debates has selected the University of Denver (DU) as the host site for the first 2012 U.S. presidential debate. The debate will be held on Oct. 3 in Magness Arena at the University’s Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness.
“The University of Denver is excited for this opportunity to partner with the Commission on Presidential Debates to bring this historic event to our campus, our city and our state,” says DU Chancellor Robert Coombe. “Debates are an important part of our nation’s election process, and as this is the first-ever presidential debate to be hosted in Colorado, the national and international spotlight will be on the University of Denver and the entire Rocky Mountain region.”
DU has hosted many prominent events and speakers over the years, including then-presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain in 2008, former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin in 2010 and current presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2007.
“We will do whatever we can to help you pull off a very successful presidential debate here,” says Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. “We know you’re ready to do it, but you have a partner in the city of Denver. We are awfully proud of you and we will, as a city, stand with you to showcase our great city to the rest of the world.”
Coombe says DU was one of 12 universities around the country vying for a chance to host one of four nationally televised debates that will occur just before the November 2012 general election. This is the first time the University has applied for host consideration.
“DU will focus its attention on building a world-class event that will engage our campus and community in educational opportunities that will last long after the debate and election have passed,” Coombe says.
The University is planning educational programs, classes and events that will be held in the months leading up to the debate, inviting students and the larger community to learn about and engage in the political process.