hopes to host 2004 presidential debate
From Kennedy vs. Nixon
to Gore vs. Bush, presidential debates are slices of American
history. RIT hopes to be a part of that history by hosting a presidential
debate in 2004.
The Commission on Presidential
Debates is considering RIT among 13 other potential debate sites.
In 2000, three debates were held on university campuses.
event would be a tremendous opportunity to enhance RITs
national and international visibility, says Deborah Stendardi,
associate vice president for government and community relations.
This would be a huge source of pride for our alumni and
members of the RIT community. More than 2,000 journalists would
cover the event.
The commission has
specific criteria that a venue must meet to be the host site,
including the size of the hall, media area, security and transportation.
The Gordon Field House and Activities Center, set to open in the
spring of 2004, will be well suited to meet the technological
capabilities required by the commission for a debate site. Final
sites will be announced in November.
The idea for hosting
the debate surfaced in planning RITs 175th anniversary,
which kicks off with Commencement 2004, and was encouraged by
RIT President Albert Simone and Board Chairman Bruce James 64.