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University of Denver to host first 2012 presidential debate

The University of Denver learned today it has been selected by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) to host the first of three 2012 presidential debates.

The University will host a news conference today outside the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness, where the debate will be held. Chancellor Robert Coombe and other officials will be available to answer questions about the process and purpose of pursuing the event.

DU officials say they are honored to be selected as one of the four institutions to host a presidential or vice presidential debate and look forward to working with the CPD over the next year and consider it national recognition of the University’s dedication and determination to be a great private university dedicated to the public good.

The University will host a press conference at 3 p.m. Oct. 31 at the south courtyard of the Ritchie Center, which is located at 2011 East Asbury Ave. Parking is available in lot 401 on the east side of the Ritchie Center. Enter via Jewell Ave., off University Blvd., just south of Buchtel Blvd. Television trucks may park in the small lot behind the Shwayder Art Building, 2121 East Asbury Ave. Access the lot through the driveway between the art gallery and the tennis courts. The press conference is open to the public and will be livestreamed at

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