Saint Anselm to Host ABC Debates Jan. 5

Alumni Hall WinterSaint Anselm College will host the final presidential primary debates before the New Hampshire primary, Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., college president, has announced.On Saturday, January 5, ABC News, WMUR-TV, and the social networking site, Facebook, will stage back-to-back Democratic and Republican debates at the Dana Center. The nationally televised program will start at 7 p.m., with each debate running for 90 minutes. The Republicans will debate first, followed by the Democrats.

In June, Saint Anselm was the site of the state's first 2008 primary debates, sponsored by CNN, WMUR, and the New Hampshire Union Leader. New Hamsphire will hold its first-in-the-nation primary on Tuesday, January 8.

"The fact that Saint Anselm will once again serve as the nation's classroom as this important exercise in democracy unfolds is a tremendous tribute to all involved," said Father Jonathan.

"By offering our Benedictine hospitality to the candidates and the news media that cover them, we contribute to our national dialogue about the future and underscore our commitment to the proud tradition that is New Hampshire's first in the nation presidential primary," he said.

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