Saint Anselm to Host Presidential Debates With CNN, WMUR-TV, and Union Leader (Updated)

February 9, 2007

Update 2: The debates have been scheduled for June 3 and 5, 2007. For more information, visit this blog entry.

Update: The debates have been moved to the first week in June 2007. Debate sponsors CNN, WMUR-TV, and the New Hampshire Union Leader decided to move the dates to better accommodate the schedules of presidential candidates and to provide the best possible program for a nationwide audience. The exact dates of the debates will be posted to this blog when they are known. [see related blog entry]

Saint Anselm College will once again take a leading role in the election of the next President of the United States, college President Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., announced recently.

This spring, in partnership with CNN, WMUR-TV (our local ABC affiliate), and the New Hampshire Union Leader, Saint Anselm will host two presidential primary debates at the Dana Center. Each production will be televised live on CNN and WMUR, and will feature Republican candidates Wednesday, April 4, and the Democratic field Thursday, April 5.

“As a liberal arts college with a mission to engage students and citizens in the civic life of our nation, we are thrilled to showcase once again our great college and our Benedictine hospitality on a national stage,” Fr. Jonathan said.

“We hope these debates are a preview of many more campus events designed to help voters navigate the important vetting process that characterizes New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary,” he said.

Although the debates will occur during Holy Week, they will not interfere with liturgical or spiritual obligations.

“One might see this convergence of events as an opportunity to highlight two of Saint Anselm College’s greatest strengths: its Catholic identity and its commitment to democracy in action,” he said.

In 2004, Saint Anselm was the venue for the last Democratic presidential debate before the New Hampshire Primary, in partnership with WMUR, the Union Leader , ABC News, and Fox News Channel.

To get a feel of what hosting a presidential primary debate is like at the college, watch the video included below from the 2004 New Hampshire Primary.

Media Coverage:

  • WMUR TV [March 12, 2007]
  • [January 22, 2007]
  • WMUR TV [January 22, 2007]

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3 Responses to “Saint Anselm to Host Presidential Debates With CNN, WMUR-TV, and Union Leader (Updated)”

  1. Hartley Pleshaw on April 27th, 2007 9:16 pm

    I would like to know exactly where this event will be held on campus. If someone could get back to me on this, at the above email address, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

  2. Kelly Lehman on April 29th, 2007 1:52 pm

    Can someone tell me how I can get tickets to this event? Or if you even need tickets? Thanks!

  3. Doug Minor on May 2nd, 2007 5:47 pm

    Requests for Debate tickets
    Thanks for your interest in the debates. It is unclear how many debate tickets the college will receive for distribution. If you are interested in attending the debates, I can pass your name and contact information along for inclusion on a ticket request list. The list is already long, however, and tickets will be limited. We will contact you if we can accommodate your request.

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