Vice Presidential Debate coming to Centre College

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

Students cheered and applauded Monday as the Centre College president announced that the school would be the only site for the 2012 Vice Presidential debate.

"I just texted my parents, and my mom was like, 'No way," described Elizabeth Bressler, a student at Centre College.

"The whole campus is excited right now, and it's just an awesome feeling," added fellow student, Alex Sterba.

These students say they immediately took to social media sites to brag on their school.

"This whole campus, it might not be very big, but we filled with excitement, that's for sure," said Sterba, who added that several blogs went online following the big announcement this afternoon.

"I already tweeted about it," admitted Bressler, "I'm going to be bragging about this for a while."

However, this isn't the first time the Vice Presidential candidates will take the stage. In 2000, candidates Joseph Lieberman and Dick Cheney brought the national spotlight to Danville in their debate.

"The improvements we've made across this campus have caused Centre to become more widely known as one of the most outstanding undergraduate colleges in the United States of America, and beyond," said Centre College President John Roush, about the success the school has seen since that debate 11 years ago.

While that was a bonus for the college, it also helped put the town of Danville on the map, and residents are hoping for the same result next fall.

"We're real excited to have the opportunity to put Danville on the map again. It's a big deal for our community," said Jason Bryant, who witnessed the first round of attention in 2000.

This will be the only V.P. Debate, making it a high honor for Centre College, who beat out many other schools nationwide, including Eastern Kentucky University.

EKU released this statement Monday, after they were not selected, "Naturally, we are disappointed that we were not selected," EKU President Doug Whitlock said, "but it was an honor to have been considered, and we certainly wish each of the successful campuses the best as they prepare to host debates next year. I am especially pleased for our friends at Centre College (which also hosted a VP debate in 2000)."

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday that the debates between President Barack Obama and his Republican
challenger will take place Oct. 3 at the University of Denver, Oct.
16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., and Oct. 22 at Lynn
University in Boca Raton, Fla.

The vice presidential debate is set for Oct. 11, and Washington University in St. Louis will serve as a backup site.

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