UM-Dearborn plans educational activities around debate

September 24, 2007

DEARBORN / Sept. 24, 2007---Students, faculty and staff members at the University of Michigan-Dearborn are gearing up for a rich variety of educational opportunities connected to the Republican presidential debate coming to Dearborn Oct. 9.

UM-Dearborn is one of the sponsors for the debate, which will be held in the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. Other sponsors include the Michigan Republican Party, CNBC and The Wall Street Journal.

CNBC will broadcast the two-hour debate beginning at 4 p.m. on Oct. 9, with MSNBC re-broadcasting the event at 9 p.m. the same evening. Many details of the debate, including its format and moderator, are still undetermined, but campus faculty and staff members are planning to host a variety of related activities in the University Center.

Candidates or their representatives, along with reporters and other media personalities, will be invited to meet with classes on campus that day as they prepare for the debate. The campus’s University Center will be the location of a “watch party” while the debate is under way, with a live broadcast of the event on large-screen televisions.

WWJ-AM is planning to set up a studio in the University Center and broadcast live from campus all day on Oct. 9. And other media outlets will be likely to broadcast reactions from students and others who follow the debate at the “watch party.”

The national economy is the main focus of this debate, staged in the birthplace of the American's automotive industry.

"This is an opportunity for Michigan to highlight the issues affecting Middle America," said Michigan Republican Party chairman Saulius "Saul" Anuzis. Anuzis began his political career as president of the UM-Dearborn student government in the early 1980s.

"Metropolitan Detroit is the home of the Reagan Democrats and this debate on economic issues will give Republican presidential candidates a chance to talk about the issue that affects Michigan families most – jobs,” he said.



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