The University offered invitations to Democratic candidates as well as several national television stations to hold a debate on campus before three local primaries next Tuesday.
On Feb. 12, primaries will be held in the District, Maryland and Virginia. Two-hundred-thirty-seven Democratic and 119 Republican delegates will be sought after in what is often called the Potomac Primaries.
Tracy Schario, a University spokesperson, said she hopes candidates will consider holding a debate on campus at either Smith Center or the Jack Morton Auditorium. Lisner Auditorium will likely be booked with prior events.
“There’s no debate currently planned,” Schario said. “However, we have let local political leaders and the television networks know if they want to host a debate, GW would love to host.”
Democratic Sens. Hillary Clinton’s (N.Y.), and Barack Obama’s (Ill.) campaign offices were unavailable for comment as of press time.
No similar invitation was extended to the Republican candidates, though Schario said the school would happy to have them as well.
This summer GW hosted two events with presidential candidates, one with Clinton, Obama and former Senator John Edwards. For that event, an outside group coordinating with CNN contacted the University about using Lisner Auditorium.
“Every event sort of takes on its own unique path to actually happening,” Schario said. “But it’s a combination of the University letting the appropriate people know that we have a venue and that we could certainly work with them.”
This article appeared in the February 7, 2008 issue of the Hatchet.