EKU Will Not Host Presidential Debate

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Eastern Kentucky University will not host a U.S. Presidential Debate in 2012.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced today the sites and dates for three Presidential debates and one Vice Presidential debate. The Presidential Debates will be held at: the University of Denver, Denver, Colo., Wednesday, Oct. 3; Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 16; and Lynn University, Boca Raton, Fla., on Monday, Oct. 22. Centre College in Danville will host a Vice Presidential debate on Thursday, Oct. 11. Washington University in St. Louis was chosen as an alternate site. Also, the CPD has asked Dominican University of California to lead an international project that will be announced early in 2012.

“Naturally, we are disappointed that we were not selected,” EKU President Doug Whitlock said, “but it was an honor to have been considered, and we certainly wish each of the successful campuses the best as they prepare to host debates next year. I am especially pleased for our friends at Centre College (which also hosted a VP debate in 2000).”

Earlier this year, EKU was one of 12 colleges and universities to submit a bid proposal to host a Presidential Debate, and welcomed a site visit by a three-member delegation from the Commission.

“I am proud of the work done by our remarkable team at Eastern Kentucky University and deeply appreciative of the support we received from many individuals and organizations locally, regionally, statewide, and nationally,” Whitlock added. “I also appreciate the work of the Commission on Presidential Debates. I know their task was difficult and I thank them for it.”

The other colleges and universities vying to host a debate in 2012 were: Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn.; Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.; Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, Calif.; The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, N.J.; and Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The organization, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation, sponsored all the presidential debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008.

Published on October 31, 2011