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Saint Anselm, ABC, WMUR Host Primary Presidential Debate

January 09, 2012

Story by Cory True
College Communications and Marketing

Saint Anselm College was once again in the spotlight as Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos moderated a debate with WMUR anchor Josh McElveen just three days before "the first in the nation" primary. More than 500 journalists descended on campus Saturday January 7, filing their stories from the Carr Activities Center as the leading candidates for the GOP nomination debated inside the Dana Center stage.

Saint Anselm College has become "America's Classroom" during the lead up to New Hampshire's primary, hosting candidates, pundits and the public for debates, forums and discussions. The college hosted a debate in June 2011 with CNN, and four debates during the 2008 cycle with CNN and ABC.

To see all of Saint Anselm College's primary coverage, visit the Saint Anselm College Blog.

  • Political Communication students share blogs from inside "America's Classroom"
  • Candidate visits, town hall meetings at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics
  • Previous debate coverage: June 2011 (CNN), January 2008 (ABC), June 2007 (CNN).

Watch the Debate:

You can watch a full replay of the ABC News New Hampshire Republican Debate via the website. Click below to launch the video.

ABC News Debate Video


Saint Anselm's photographer, Gil Talbot was inside the debate hall on Saturday night, and provided the following images from the final prime-time debate before the 2012 primary.


Our students (and alumni) were front-and-center, working with Fox News (who is using campus for their New Hampshire America's Election Headquarters) and ABC. You can go behind-the-scenes to learn about their experiences by clicking a video below.

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