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College to Host New Hampshire Presidential Primary Debates

November 23, 2015

Updated: February 1, 2016
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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. This presidential primary cycle is no different.

Saint Anselm College is pleased to announce that it will host a Democratic Primary Debate held by ABC News and the New Hampshire Union Leader on Saturday, Dec. 19, airing nationally at 8 p.m. ET.

The college will also host a Republican Primary Debate held by ABC News and Independent Journal/ on Saturday, February 6, airing nationally at 8 p.m. ET.

"We're proud of our long record of participation in the presidential selection process, especially this year, the 100th anniversary of the New Hampshire primary," said Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president of Saint Anselm College. "The opportunity to take part in the debates, to host the candidates, and the national news media, offers our students a unique educational experience and a memory they will carry throughout their lives. There is no better way to learn about the process than to be part of it."

Saint Anselm College becomes "America's Classroom" leading up to the New Hampshire Presidential Primary every four years. The college has a history of hosting debates and presidential primary events. It was the location of a Republican Primary Debate in January 2012 with ABC, and one in June 2011 with CNN. During the 2008 election cycle there were four debates, with CNN and ABC. Over the past seven decades there have been countless visits, talks, speeches and other presidential election-related events at the college.

For the Media
The Republican National Committee is handling all media credentialing for the February 6 Debate.

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

Moderated by ABC's "World News Tonight" Anchor David Muir and Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, the Democratic and Republican Primary Debates will air nationally on the ABC Television Network and in northern New England on WMUR-TV (Channel 9). Also, the events will be streamed live on and

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