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We applied to host this debate to build on the work DU and Colorado already are doing to raise awareness of pressing social and political issues and generate interest in finding solutions.

The first university to host a presidential debate in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, DU is home to a former U.S. ambassador, advisers on U.S. and international politics, and experts in international law and world affairs.

We also host numerous public lecture series—such as Bridges to the Future and Voices of Experience—that bring together the voting public and world leaders for open dialogue and discussion.

Influential alumni

See how some of our alumni are contributing to the world:

  • U.S. Army Gen. George Casey Jr.
  • Former Nevada Sen. and Gov. Paul Laxalt
  • Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Nicholson
  • Former Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton
  • Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
  • Susan Waltz, chair of the International Executive Committee of Amnesty International

Our Josef Korbel School of International Studies is named after the school’s former dean, a Czechoslovakian diplomat who was the father of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. See more notable alumni.

Colorado’s political climate

Colorado is neither solidly Republican nor Democratic. As a swing state in the upcoming election, Colorado will play an important role in determining who will hold political office in 2013.

About the Organizing Commission

2012 marks the 25th year that the Commission on Presidential Debates has run debates for presidential candidates. Learn more about the Commission, its history and the debates it's run in the past.