Tomorrow will be the third in a series of 12 Republican presidential debates. This one will be hosted by CNBC and take place at the University of Colorado Boulder in the 11,000-seat Coors Event Center.
But according to ultra-liberal Think Progress, there’s “drama” associated with the location.
“Since September, there’s been a twinge of animosity among some students who claim they were misled about what housing a presidential debate on campus would be like. They thought they would be getting a unique education in American politics, but instead, some say they’re only getting a lesson in marketing.
“The college framed [this debate] as a real chance for the students to have this meaningful political experience,” said CU-Boulder student Aaron Estevez-Miller, 21, in an interview with ThinkProgress. “In the months since then, the university and chancellor have really failed to deliver on this promise.”
Why are the students so bent out of shape? Because they can’t get tickets to watch. Waah waah waah.As you can imagine, presidential debates are a big production, requiring all sorts of camera, sound and lighting equipment, fancy drapes and giant Facebook logos. It’s a big deal. Even ThinkProgress is forced to admit “most of the space in the arena will be taken up by cameras and the CNBC broadcast team. This is commonplace — At the first Republican debate in Cleveland, only 4,500 attended, though the Quicken Loans Arena seats more than 20,500.
But to Estevez-Miller and his group, Student Voices Count, school officials are using the debate as a marketing opportunity.
“They’re sacrificing young people’s political experiences to the arbitrarily defined benefit of media value and exposure,” he said. “People here are voting in their first presidential election — it’s important that they have a meaningful experience with American democracy, and [the college] is not leaving that impression on young people.”
Why? Because they can’t get seats? I’ll let you in on a little secret, young Mr. Estevez-Miller. It’s virtually impossible to EVER get seats at a debate, no matter where it’s held, whether you’re a dyed in the wool conservative or a whiney liberal progressive.
Here’s the ticketing information for tomorrow as well as the next three Republican debates. Notice anything OBVIOUS?
October 28, 2015 – CNBC Republican Debate
Statement from the Colorado Republican Party on debate ticket raffle:
“Tickets will be given away by drawing. You may enter for free here: Debate Ticket Raffle”
Statement from the University of Colorado Boulder concerning the availability of student debate tickets:
“No Public Tickets Are Available – While limited, the majority of CU’s tickets will be distributed to faculty and students whose areas of study have a direct educational tie to the American election process, politics, its media coverage and the economy – which is the topic of the debate. The provost will consult with the deans and offer eight faculty members the opportunity to attend and invite four students to attend with each of the faculty members. Some tickets will also be provided directly to the CU Student Government to distribute as they deem appropriate to students. “
November 10, 2015 – Fox Business Republican Debate
Information from the Milwaukee Theatre regarding debate tickets:
“The debate will focus on jobs, taxes, and the general health of the economy, as well as domestic and international policy issues. FBN moderators, entry criteria and additional debate information will be released closer to the date. Time: TBA Tickets: TBA”
November 14, 2015 – CBS News Democratic Debate in Des Moines, Iowa
Statement on tickets from Drake University:
“Note: As of Oct. 16, 2015, ticket information is not yet available for this event. Check back for updates.”
Saturday, February 13, 2016 – CBS News Republican Debate
The South Carolina Republican Party has setup a ticketing page available here with this information:
“Greenville, South Carolina is excited to host a Republican Presidential Debate on Saturday, February 13, 2016. Please note: making a ticket request does not guarantee a ticket or admission to the debate. Tickets are very limited and requests will potentially be fulfilled by random drawing, given the massive interest in the debate. We will contact you at the appropriate time if your name is chosen (not before January 2016).”
You probably have more chance of seeing Hillary Clinton out shopping for pantsuits than you do of getting tickets to the debates.
You want to have “a meaningful experience with American democracy?” Watch the debate on your “streaming device” and then go buy a copy of Mark Levin’s Plunder and Deceit.
[Note: This article was written in her big girl pants by Michele Hickford]