Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton has been selected to host two nationally televised presidential debates on Jan. 23 and 25, organizers announced today.
Leadership Florida, the Florida Press Association and the Florida Public Broadcasting Service is producing the debates, which will air live on MSNBC.
"We at FAU are thrilled by the opportunity to host debates of such compelling national significance," said FAU President Frank Brogan, who served as lieutenant governor under Jeb Bush. "In addition to fulfilling our educational mission to inform Florida’s electorate, we look forward to also educating millions of others as we roll out the red carpet and welcome these presidential candidates -- and the national spotlight that accompanies them -- to our campus.”
Now comes the hard part -- getting candidates already besieged by debate requests to commit. The leading Republican candidates have been picky, turning down a Sept. 16 proposal from Univision, a Sept. 17 "Value Voters" forum in Fort Lauderdale and this week, a nationally televised debate aimed at black voters. Meanwhile, the Democrats have pledged not to campaign in Florida because the state's early primary broke national party rules.
Today's story about Univision giving the Republican candidates another chance on Dec. 9 is here.