Drake scheduled to host national GOP debate

The debate, moderated by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos, will air Dec. 10, live on ABC

Drake University will host a live, nationally televised presidential debate on campus at 8 p.m. December 10, 2011.

ABC political news veterans Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will moderate this pivotal debate among Republican presidential candidates.

“We are honored and excited to again be hosting such an important part of the presidential nominating process,” said Professor Rachel Paine Caulfield, director of Drake’s Iowa Caucus Project. “ABC has committed to involving dozens of students in a variety of important roles in preparation for and during the debate. These internships provide students an amazing opportunity to participate in a nationally broadcast program.”

The debate, which will occur just weeks before the January 3, 2012 Iowa caucuses, will be held in Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Ave. It will air nationally at 8 p.m. CST on ABC, and stream simultaneously on ABCNews.com.

The debate is co-sponsored by ABC News, ABC5/WOI-DT and the Iowa Republican Party. Tickets will not be available to the public.

16 Responses to “Drake scheduled to host national GOP debate”

  1. I can understand the allure of hosting an event that has national exposure, but I am extremely disappointed that our University has agreed to allow the Republican Party to “pack” the auditorium with partisans while excluding general public access. Shame on us!

  2. Hope the debate includes Ron Paul, Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer

  3. One area of questioning in the debates that I have not heard is science. I would like to know what the candidates have in mind for NASA projects, NIH, National Science Foundation, and other government funding organizations.  Can we please have some questions regarding science and research.

  4. Would be nice if they actually asked Rick Santorum questions not everyone wants to hear from those that the establishment says we have to listen to and vote for.

  5. One area of questioning in the debates that I have not heard is science. I would like to know what the candidates want to see for NASA, NIH, National Science Foundation, and other science and engineering government organizations. 

  6. Would be nice if they let all candidates talk, would like to hear more from Rick Santorum and less from Romney or Gingrich just because the establishment wants them does not mean the voters do. 

  7. This debate is meaningless unless it includes BUDDY ROEMER

  8. This debate is meaningless unless it includes BUDDY ROEMER

  9. PLEASE ASK EACH CANDIDATES THEIR POSITION ON   ”   CALIFORNIA  DREAM ACT  ” THAT GOV BROWN SIGNED INTO LAW ON  OCT  8TH  2011 . IF  YES WHY ?  

  10. PLEASE ASK  EACH CANDIDATES THEIR POSITION ON    ”   CALIFORNIA  DREAM  ACT  ” THAT  GOV  BROWN  SIGNED INTO LAW   ON OCT 8TH  2011  . IF YES   WHY   ?

  11. I get the feeling that the presidential candidates would prefer that the economy not improve and just let be slow for the next 12 months. Please ask the candidates if they want to see a better economy in the next 12 months.

  12. I would like to hear more from Huntsman and Roemer.  I think they have more working brain cells then the rest of the Republicans put together (  I mean the entire party)!

  13. Our soldiers take a pledge on entering into service to our country. That pledge is very similar to the pledge that new congress members take as they enter service to their elected constituents and the country.The difference is soldiers swear allegiance to and will follow orders from the president as commander in chief. The candidates all seemed to be okay with new congress members signing a pledge to Grover Norquist for something. Should our new service members be allowed to sign other dictating pledges to alter their behaviors in their service to our country or is that another, do as I say. not as I do, rule of our elected servants? 

    Oaths of Enlistment
    “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support
    and defend the Constitution of the United States against all
    enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and
    allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the
    President of the United States and the orders of the officers
    appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform
    Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” (Title 10, US Code;
    Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789,
    with amendment effective 5 October 1962).

    The entire House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate are sworn into office
    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the
    Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and
    domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I
    take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose
    of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of
    the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

  14. I missed the live airing on the 10th December. is there any where else we can get a copy