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May 02, 2007

Saint Anselm to Host Presidential Debates June 3 and 5 at Sullivan Arena

Posted in: N.H. Presidential Primary Debates, New Hampshire Primary, New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Announcements

The presidential primary debates at Saint Anselm College have been rescheduled for Sunday, June 3, and Tuesday, June 5, at the Sullivan Arena. Both debates will take place 7-9 p.m.

Sponsored by CNN, WMUR-TV, and the New Hampshire Union Leader, the debates will include every major candidate currently running for president. U.S. Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama yesterday confirmed they would take part in the June 3 Democratic debate, joining fellow candidates Gov. Bill Richardson, Sens. Christopher Dodd and Joseph Biden, former Sens. John Edwards and Mike Gravel, and Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

On June 5, GOP contenders former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, U.S. Sens. John McCain and Sam Brownback, Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Govs. Mitt Romney and Jim Gilmore, and Congressmen Tom Tancredo, Ron Paul, and Duncan Hunter will debate.

The Union Leader reported that additional invitations would be issued to candidates if appropriate.

“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,” college President Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., 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.

The debates were rescheduled from April to accommodate candidates’ schedules. 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.

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