May 24, 2018

University of Denver to Host the First 2012 Presidential Debate

Today, October 31, 2011, the University of Denver Chancellor Robert Coombe announced that the Commission on Presidential Debates has selected the University of Denver as the host site for the first of three 2012 Presidential Debates. The debate will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, in Magness Arena at the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness.

Mr. Comb will hold a press conference about the announcement at 3:00 pm MST today, which can be viewed live at

This is a historic event for our campus, our city and our state. The national and international spotlight will be on the University of Denver. Our commitment to addressing the great issues of the day and serving the public good make this event a perfect fit for us.

Hosting the presidential debate will provide rich opportunities for students, alumni and the community to learn about and engage in the political process. We will plan a number of educational programs and events that will be held throughout the year leading up to the debate.

DU has launched a debate website with news about the event. Questions can be directed to

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