IU will not serve as host for one of the presidential or vice presidential debates in the fall of 2012. The Commission on Presidential Debates announced its selection Monday and chose University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York and Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida to host the three Presidential debates and Centre College in Danville, Kentucky to host the Vice Presidential debate. Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri will serve as the backup site.
IU was one of 12 colleges and universities to apply to serve as a site for the debates. The Presidential Debate Student Coalition led the application process. The application was organized by officials with the IU Student Association the Indiana Memorial Union Board, the Political and Civic Engagement program and the Residence Halls Association.
Officials with the Commission on Presidential Debates visited IU this past summer to evaluate facilities and capabilities for hosting a debate. The debate would have taken place at the 3,200 seat IU Auditorium.
IU also submitted an application to host a 2008 presidential or vice presidential debate but was not selected.