DENVER–Colorado political junkies will have plenty to gorge on during this week’s star-studded line-up of campaign events, culminating Wednesday in the first presidential debate of the 2012 election at the University of Denver.
Tickets to the debate are highly prized and reserved for the campaigns, the parties and the university.
DU students have a better chance of nabbing a ticket than the average schlub: the university held a lottery drawing Monday to select at random a small group of students to represent the school at the event.
Tickets are not being sold to the general public, and the university has issued a warning for would-be ticket-buyers to be on the alert for scams.
Just because you can’t watch the debate in person doesn’t mean you won’t have a chance to see the candidates and get into the spirit of the debate. The DU website has a list of debate-related activities here: http://debate2012.du.edu/index.html.
The events include speakers, watch parties and DebateFest, an outdoor food-and-music campus party from 3 to 9 p.m. that ends with a big-screen viewing of the debate. Unfortunately, tickets for DebateFest are also sold out.
Elsewhere in Denver, the Obama and Romney campaigns will be holding campaign rallies before and after the debate. The highlights of the week include:
- Monday, Oct. 1: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has scheduled a rally at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver’s Lowry area. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the event starts at 6:45 p.m.
- Tuesday, Oct. 2: Ann Romney, wife of the GOP nominee, is speaking at Hudson Gardens in Littleton. Doors open at 12:15 p.m., and the program starts at 2:15 p.m.
- Wednesday, Oct. 3: The debate is scheduled to air live 7 to 8:30 p.m. MST from DU’s Ritchie Center. The focus of the debate, the first of three presidential face-offs, is domestic policy.
- Thursday, Oct. 4: President Obama is holding a post-debate rally at Sloan’s Lake Park in Denver. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Meanwhile, Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan remains a possible speaker at CPAC Colorado, sponsored by the American Conservative Union, at Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., concluding with a showing of the movie “2016: Obama’s America.”
Next up, the vice-presidential candidates are slated to square off Thursday, Oct. 11, at Centre College in Danville, Ky. The presidential candidates will hold two more debates, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Monday, Oct. 22.