Centre College to submit proposal to host 2012 presidential debate

gkocher1@herald-leader.comMarch 28, 2011 

Centre College in Danville, which hosted the 2000 vice presidential debate, hopes to host a general election debate next year, an official confirmed Monday.

The private, liberal arts college will submit a proposal to host a 2012 general election debate to the Commission on Presidential Debates, said Clarence Wyatt, special assistant to the president of Centre.

Thursday is the deadline to submit proposals to the commission, a bipartisan group in Washington D.C. that arranges the debates.

On Oct. 5, 2000, Centre hosted a vice presidential debate between Republican Dick Cheney and Democrat (now Independent) Joe Lieberman. Danville is the smallest city to host a nationally televised debate.

Centre was also among the 19 candidates to host a debate in 2008 but was not picked.

On Tuesday, officials at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond have called a press conference to make an announcement regarding the 2012 presidential election debates. A spokesman would not confirm the public university's intentions.

Kentucky last hosted a presidential debate on Oct. 7, 1984, when President Ronald Reagan and Democratic challenger Walter Mondale went toe-to-toe at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville.

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