Call For CU Student Body Participation in Presidential Debate

As preparations for the Republican presidential primary debate to be held in late October on the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus get underway, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on debate organizers to ensure at least 50% of the tickets to the debate are made available to CU students.

“The Republican presidential debate at CU Boulder is a chance to hear first-hand the positions of over a dozen presidential candidates,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “It’s a great opportunity that CU students have come to expect from their world-class educational institution–and it’s critical that students be given the chance to attend.”

The Boulder Daily Camera reported Friday that preparations for the October 28th Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado are underway, but no decisions regarding the distribution of tickets have yet been made. The Coors Event Center on the CU Boulder campus has a seating capacity of over 11,000 attendees.

“The Republican Party is partnering with the University of Colorado to host this debate, and enlisting the credibility of Colorado’s flagship educational institution to elevate the GOP and the participating candidates,” said Runyon-Harms. “The audience for the debate therefore must be representative of the students of the University of Colorado.”

“Colorado progressives support the University of Colorado’s choice to host this important debate,” said Runyon-Harms. “We’re asking debate organizers to guarantee today that at least 50% of the tickets to the October GOP presidential debate will be made available to CU students.”

2 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Moderatus says:

    Is this a joke?

  2. Voyageur says:

    While it might not be necessary to have half to students,  I think a good student turnout would be good.  But this is a Republican debate, and I would suggest letting the CU Young Republicans distribute the student share.  As a holder of two degrees from Boulder, I can testify that a lot of the students actually are moderate to conservative Republicans.   The wild-eyed liberal reputation of Boulder is more due to the faculty and the townies.  Democrats can't vote in Republican primaries or caucuses and I'd limit audience participation to registered Rs and Independents who could still declare a party affiliation before the caucus or primary  (remember, some CU students are from out of state and might vote absentee in their home states.)  If it was a Democratic Debate,.  I'd likewise limit the audience to Ds and Is.

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