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Saint Anselm, ABC, WMUR to Host Presidential Primary Debate January 7, 2012

October 17, 2011

Story by Cory True

Every four years, Saint Anselm has a tradition of extending our Benedictine hospitality to presidential primary candidates, the news media, and the general public for nationally televised debates.

Find the latest GOP debate coverage on the college blog.

Saint Anselm College will once again play this important role by hosting a Republican debate to be held by ABC and WMUR, to be held Saturdy January 7, 2012. The debate will air nationally from 9 to 11 p.m.

ABC hosted the final Granite State presidential debates at saint Anselm in 2008 - an event that brought Republican and Democratic candidates on stage together for the first time, only days before the first-in-the-nation votes were cast.

Ticket Information

There has been strong interest in the upcoming debate, at this time, no additional seats are available.

If you have previously submitted a request for tickets, your name has been entered into a lottery, and you will be contacted directly if you are offered a seat.

If you would like to add your name to the waiting list in case additional seating becomes available, please complete our request form.

Additional details will be announced to the campus community, and posted to our website as they become available.

From ABC News:


  • ABC's Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos to Moderate Debate from Saint Anselm College with WMUR Anchor Josh McElveen Just Three Days Before "the First in the Nation" Primary
  • Debate to Air in Primetime at 9:00 PM/ET on the ABC Television Network; Excerpted Debate to Re-Air Sunday, January 8 on "This Week with Christiane Amanpour"

On Saturday, January 7, 2012 ABC News and WMUR-TV, ABC's Hearst-owned affiliate in Manchester, NH, are joining forces to host a Republican presidential candidate debate in New Hampshire just days before the Granite State's first in the nation primary - a critical moment in the Republican nomination process. It will be the only broadcast network debate in primetime before the primary and air from 9:00-11:00pm/ET from Saint Anselm College. The debate will air live nationally on the ABC Television Network and locally on WMUR-TV and will be moderated by ABC's Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos; they will be joined by WMUR-TV anchor Josh McElveen.

The debate will also stream on and ABC News Radio, the nation's largest commercial radio news organization, will carry it live on its stations. ABC News will re-air an excerpted version of the debate on Sunday, January 8 on "This Week with Christiane Amanpour."

For more details on the debate, you can view the October 17 debate announcement here.

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