Republican Presidential Candidates Debate Watch Party - Jan. 23


TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 12, 2012) — The University of South Florida, in partnership with NBC News, the Tampa Bay Times, National Journal, and the Florida Council of 100, will host the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate on Monday, Jan. 23 at 9 p.m. (ET) in the university’s Theatre I. Since public tickets to the live debate are unavailable, USF’s Student Government is hosting a watch party on the western end of the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza lawn, close to the theatre.


The debate will be broadcast live on a large projection screen inside the enclosed 1,000-person tent erected for the watch party, which will open at 7:30 p.m. There will be seating for 800 and refreshments will be provided starting at 8:30 p.m. The watch party is free and open to both students and the general public. Captioning will be provided. North campus parking areas (north of USF Holly Drive) will be open to the public after 5 p.m. for free parking. 


Although it is the first time the university is hosting a presidential candidates debate, the event will mark the fourth nationally-televised political debate that the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) and USF have co-hosted. The first was a vice-presidential debate in 1996; the second and third were a U.S. Senate and a Florida gubernatorial debate in 2011.


For more information about the watch party, contact Vincent DeFrancesco, associate director of communications for USF Student Government, at (813) 974-2401. You can also visit the event's page on Facebook