Schumer Wants Hofstra Debate

Chuck Schumer wants to see a presidential debate at Hofstra. The Nassau-based school applied to host one of the presidentail debates recently which, if successful, might bring Hillary Clinton or Rudy Giuliani back to debate in front of their home crowd.

In letters to the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Howard Dean, and the Commission on Presidential Debates, Schumer said:

Hofstra University is one of only two candidates in the Northeast. In fact, New York has not hosted a debate since 1960 when John F. Kennedy and then Vice-President Richard M. Nixon met in a Manhattan television studio.

The letters are after the jump.

– Azi Paybarah

April 5, 2007

Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr.
Paul G. Kirk, Jr.
Co-Chairmen
Commission on Presidential Debates
1200 New Hampshire Avenue, NW #445
Washington, DC 20036

Dear Chairmen Fahrenkopf, Jr. and Kirk, Jr.:

I write to express my unqualified support for choosing Hofstra University as a location for a presidential or vice-presidential debate for the 2008 election. With a Commission decision expected by October, I strongly urge you to support the bid of Hofstra University.

With a rich history in presidential studies, Hofstra, located in Hempstead, New York, is an ideal venue for one of the debates. Hofstra has held 11 highly successful presidential conferences, including the most recent of which in November of 2005 on Bill Clinton’s presidency, at which the former president delivered a keynote address. Just last year, Hofstra launched the much-lauded Center for Presidential Studies.

Hofstra University is one of only two candidates in the Northeast. In fact, New York has not hosted a debate since 1960 when John F. Kennedy and then Vice-President Richard M. Nixon met in a Manhattan television studio. With two New Yorkers, a Democrat and a Republican, running for President in 2008, it is only fitting that one of the debates take place in New York, at an institution with a strong educational environment and a prominent track record on presidential studies.

Moreover, Hofstra is capable of meeting all of the Commission’s requirements, such as the cost of the debate production and other expenses, workspace for journalists, phone lines, a closed-circuit television system, a shuttle bus system, and five days of catering and transportation. With a bustling and energized campus community as well, Hofstra is armed and ready to host one of the most significant events in the 2008 election.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. I look forward to working together in persuading the Commission to site one of the presidential or vice-presidential debates at Hofstra University, and in New York for the first time in over 40 years.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator

Chairman, Republican National Committee

April 5, 2007

Howard Dean
Chairman
Democratic National Committee
430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Dear Chairman Dean:

As you know, the Commission on Presidential Debates (Commission) is currently undergoing its process of selecting sites for the presidential and vice-presidential debates for the 2008 election. I have also written to the Co-Chairmen of the Commission on Presidential Debates urging them to choose Hofstra University for one of the debates. With a decision expected by October, I strongly urge you to join me in supporting Hofstra’s bid.

With a rich history in presidential studies, Hofstra, located in Hempstead, New York, is an ideal venue for one of the debates. Hofstra has held 11 highly successful presidential conferences, including the most recent of which in November of 2005 on Bill Clinton’s presidency, at which the former president delivered a keynote address. Just last year, Hofstra launched the much-lauded Center for Presidential Studies.

Hofstra University is one of only two candidates in the Northeast. In fact, New York has not hosted a debate since 1960 when John F. Kennedy and then Vice-President Richard M. Nixon met in a Manhattan television studio. With two New Yorkers, a Democrat and a Republican, running for President in 2008, it is only fitting that one of the debates take place in New York, at an institution with a strong educational environment and a prominent track record on presidential studies.

Moreover, Hofstra is capable of meeting all of the Commission’s requirements, such as the cost of the debate production and other expenses, workspace for journalists, phone lines, a closed-circuit television system, a shuttle bus system, and five days of catering and transportation. With a bustling and energized campus community as well, Hofstra is armed and ready to host one of the most significant events in the 2008 election.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. I look forward to working together in persuading the Commission to site one of the presidential or vice-presidential debates at Hofstra University, and in New York for the first time in over 40 years.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator