IU is one of 12 colleges and universities to apply to serve as a site for one of the presidential or vice presidential debates in the fall of 2012. The Commission on Presidential Debates will select sites for three debates between candidates for president and one debate between candidates for vice president.
Leading the IU effort is the Presidential Debate Student Coalition, organized by officials with the IU Student Association and including the Indiana Memorial Union Board, the Political and Civic Engagement program and the Residence Halls Association.
The debate itself would take place at the 3,200-seat IU Auditorium. IU submitted an application to host a 2008 presidential or vice presidential debate and was believed to be close to being selected.
Officials with the Commission on Presidential Debates will visit prospective debate sites this summer to evaluate their facilities and their capability for hosting a debate. Four debate sites and two backup sites will be announced this fall.
The following have submitted applications to host a 2012 general election debate:
Belmont University (Nashville, TN)
Centre College (Danville, KY)
Dominican University of California (San Rafael, CA)
Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, KY)
Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY)
Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)
Lynn University (Boca Raton, FL)
Saint Mary’s College of California (Moraga, CA)
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (Pomona, NJ)
University of Denver (Denver, CO)
Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC)
Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)