It’s not a list of finalists per se, but Saint Mary’s is one of 12 sites that the Commission on Presidential Debates will visit this summer before they select the four that will get to host a presidential debate in 2012.
The college submitted its application Tuesday. The deadline was yesterday and there’s no “cut list” following the deadline. But applying to host a presidential debate is a long and complex process that involves several discussions with the commission. If the CPD doesn’t feel you will be a good site, they’ll kindly inform you that you should hold off on applying.
Dominican University in San Rafael has also applied.
The full list, which you can find here, includes a combination of debate newbies and vets.
Applicants that have previously hosted a debate: Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. (2008 presidential), Centre College in Danville, Kent. (2002 presidential), Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (2008 presidential), and Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. (2000 and 1988 presidential).
And then there’s Washington University in St. Louis, which is just getting downright greedy. The college hosted a vice presidential debate in 2008 and presidential debates in 2004, 2000 and 1992.
Saint Mary’s will find out its fate in the fall. Below, you can check out a video the college submitted as part of its application that highlights what facilities the campus would use if awarded a debate.