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Dartmouth to host Democratic presidential candidates debate

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 03/28/07 UPDATED 08/24/07
Genevieve Haas • (603) 646-3661

NBC's Tim Russert to moderate

On Sept. 26, 2007, Dartmouth College will be center stage as the battle for the Democratic Presidential nomination heats up, when the College hosts and co-sponsors the Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate. The evening event will be broadcast and streamed online by MSNBC and New England Cable News (NECN), with start time to be determined. The 90-minute debate will be moderated by Tim Russert, NBC's Washington Bureau Chief and host of “Meet the Press.”

Dartmouth President James Wright said that political debates at their best provide opportunities for candidates to sharpen positions and engage issues. “We hope this event will facilitate that process and meet a clear public need,” said Wright. “Moreover, one of the benefits of being a Dartmouth student is that during every student’s four years here, a political campaign literally extends to our front porch. Many students become politically engaged and a number sign on to work with one of the candidates.”

Russert, a veteran political reporter and moderator, said, “New Hampshire and the nation want to know and deserve to know where the candidates stand on the issues. This debate will do just that.”

Dartmouth is a frequent campaign stop for presidential hopefuls, and has previously hosted a number of presidential candidate debates, including “First in the Nation: A New Hampshire Town Meeting” in 1999, attended by then-leading Republican and Democratic candidates, including eventual Democratic nominee Al Gore.

Dartmouth’s co-sponsors for the debate are NBC, NECN, the Democratic National Committee, and the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

NBC News has been a primary source of global news and information for more than 75 years, first on radio, and today via broadcast and cable television and the Internet. Operating around the clock with bureaus in key cities in the United States and overseas, NBC News provides immediate coverage and in-depth reporting of major events to Americans coast to coast.

NECN is the largest 24-hour regional news network in the country, with 3.6 million subscribers in 1,037 communities across New England.  It is a partnership of Comcast and the Hearst Corporation.

At present, there are no firm plans for a Republican candidates debate.  The College had hoped to host such a debate on Sept. 27, but that currently appears unlikely. However, efforts to establish such a debate at Dartmouth are ongoing.


Dartmouth is currently finalizing the details of a web site with information on how to register for the lottery that will be used to select ticket holders for the debate. The web site is expected to launch in mid-August and will be accessed via the Dartmouth College web site. Questions and inquiries about volunteer opportunities should be emailed to

Dartmouth has television (satellite uplink) and radio (ISDN) studios available for domestic and international live and taped interviews. For more information, call 603-646-3661 or see our Radio, Television capability webpage.

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