Fri October 12, 2012
Second Successful VP Debate Has State Officials Hoping for Presidential Debate Next Time
As the dust settles on this year’s vice presidential debate at Centre College, local officials are saying the school is ready for the next step.
Centre College has now held two vice presidential debates: this year’s and 2000's.
Those debates will be historically known for two different styles between candidates—Vice President Dick Cheney and Senator Joe Lieberman were cordial in 2000, while Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan were much feistier this year. But behind the scenes, both debates are known for how smoothly everything ran.
After the two wildly successful matchups, some officials say it may be time for Centre to get a presidential debate.
“I think it would be great," says Attorney General Jack Conway. "I think President Roush and what this campus and what this community have done, has certainly shown they are ready for primetime, they’ve done it now twice."
Other officials are just hopeful that Centre could become a vice presidential debate mainstay in the future.
“I would settle if they would promise another vice presidential debate, you know I think it’s good. And I think the connection with two vice presidents of the United States having gone to school here is a good connection and I think this is about the right size,” says state Senate President David Williams.
Centre has applied to host a presidential debate in the past, but has been chosen for vice presidential contests instead.