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Washington U. Applies to Host '04 Presidential Debate


St. Louis, MO – Washington University is one of 14 sites that have applied to host a presidential debate in 2004.

The campus has hosted two other debates, in 1992 and 2000.

The 2000 debate took place just one day after the late Governor Mel Carnahan died in a plane crash. The 1992 debate made history: It was the first televised presidential debate that featured three candidates (George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot).

Washington University was also scheduled to host a debate in 1996, but that event was canceled.

The commission that plans presidential debates will announce the winning sites in November.

Here is a list of the 14 applicants to host a presidentail debate next year:

Arizona State University, Tempe, Az.
Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn.
Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio
Centre College, Danville, Ky.
Columbus, Ga. and Columbus State University
Greater Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors' Bureau, Pittsburgh, Penn.
National Public Radio
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.
University of Miami, Miami, Fl.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the city of Charlotte, NC
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.