Call For CU Student Body Participation in Presidential Debate

I join in calling for at least 50% of the tickets to the debate to be made available to CU students.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 24, 2015
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at amy@progressnowcolorado.org

DENVER: As preparations for the Republican presidential primary debate to be held in late October on the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus get underway, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on debate organizers to ensure at least 50% of the tickets to the debate are made available to CU students.

“The Republican presidential debate at CU Boulder is a chance to hear first-hand the positions of over a dozen presidential candidates,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “It’s a great opportunity that CU students have come to expect from their world-class educational institution–and it’s critical that students be given the chance to attend.”

The Boulder Daily Camera reported Friday that preparations for the October 28th Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado are underway, but no decisions regarding the distribution of tickets have yet been made. The Coors Event Center on the CU Boulder campus has a seating capacity of over 11,000 attendees.

“The Republican Party is partnering with the University of Colorado to host this debate, and enlisting the credibility of Colorado’s flagship educational institution to elevate the GOP and the participating candidates,” said Runyon-Harms. “The audience for the debate therefore must be representative of the students of the University of Colorado.”

“Colorado progressives support the University of Colorado’s choice to host this important debate,” said Runyon-Harms. “We’re asking debate organizers to guarantee today that at least 50% of the tickets to the October GOP presidential debate will be made available to CU students.”

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