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Saint Mary’s not chosen for presidential debate

By Jonathan Morales
Monday, October 31st, 2011 at 11:41 am in election, Moraga, Schools.

Updated story with quotes from Saint Mary’s, Commission on Presidential debates just posted here.

Saint Mary’s College will not host a debate during the 2012 presidential election, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced today.

The small, private college in Moraga had applied to be one of four sites to hold one of four nationally-televised debates — three for presidential candidates and one for vice presidential candidates — to be held next October.

The University of Denver, Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY and Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. were chosen to host presidential debates. Centre College in Danville, Ky. will hold the vice presidential debate, and Washington University in St. Louis will serve as a backup site.

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3 Responses to “Saint Mary’s not chosen for presidential debate”

  1. Saint Mary’s not picked for presidential debate - Political Blotter - Politics in the Bay Area and beyond Says:

    […] Saint Mary’s College was not selected as a site for a 2012 presidential debate, reports colleague Jonathan Morales. […]

  2. Ralph Hoffmann Says:

    I suspect St. Mary’s wasn’t picked because of the hot button issues affecting Roman Catholics: Undocumented Aliens, Gay Marriage, Abortion, etc., that would be part of the 2012 Presidential Campaign.

  3. JeromePandell Says:

    Actually, Ralph, according to some authors I know who wrote a book about the Commission on Presidential Debates, the foremost factor in picking sites relates to ease of travel to/from for the campaigns as well as members of the press/media. Both Saint Mary’s and Dominican are beautiful campuses, and they’ve proven able to host these type of events before for California races.

    My bet, though, is that the other colleges just offered better facilities to fit the needs, especially since with a sitting president the Secret Service plays a substantial role in determining whether they can secure the site.

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