Presidential Primary Debates Postponed to June

March 12, 2007

CNN, Hearst Argyle’s WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader have moved their back-to-back Republican and Democratic debates from the first week of April to the first week of June. The debates will be held at Saint Anselm College.

The change was made to accommodate candidates’ schedules and offer the public the best possible presidential primary debates. New Hampshire plays a pivotal role in presidential elections, and CNN, WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader say they are committed to providing voters with this important opportunity to evaluate candidates. The exact dates of the events will be posted as soon has they have been determined.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will moderate the debates with questions from WMUR-TV Political Director Scott Spradling and New Hampshire Union Leader Senior Political Reporter John DiStaso. Both debates will be broadcast live throughout New Hampshire on WMUR and nationally on CNN, CNN Radio,, and

Additionally, WMUR and CNN Pipeline will create multiple real-time web components including off-air camera angles and additional real-time analysis in an unprecedented effort to enhance the on-line experience for the people of New Hampshire and the country, CNN anncounced.

These debates will provide candidates an important opportunity to introduce themselves and answer direct questions on the many challenges facing New Hampshire and the nation.

“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 DeFelice, O.S.B., president of the college, said.


5 Responses to “Presidential Primary Debates Postponed to June”

  1. Saint Anselm to Host Presidential Debates With CNN, WMUR-TV, and Union Leader (Updated) on March 12th, 2007 10:05 am

    [...] 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] [...]

  2. cflynn on March 19th, 2007 3:25 pm

    will tickets be made available for these events?

  3. Doug Minor (Saint Anselm College) on March 20th, 2007 2:10 pm


    A limited quantity of debate tickets are provided to the college. And there is currently a lengthy waiting list for tickets. Far beyond the number of seats that will be available.

  4. djones on April 17th, 2007 6:56 pm

    have all of the candidates confirmed that they will be participating?

  5. Doug Minor (Saint Anselm College) on April 18th, 2007 12:25 pm


    CNN is organizing the debates, and at this point, we don’t have any new information regarding which presidential candidates are scheduled to participate.

    As soon as we have new information on the debates, we will post it to the Saint Anselm College Blog. So stay tuned.

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