Host colleges winners in presidential debates
Diverse - 10/16/2016
Alan Schroeder, a professor of journalism at Northeastern University and author of Presidential Debates: Risky Business on the Campaign Trail, said universities are selected as debate venues for other reasons as well.
“I have no doubt that Fahrenkopf’s Nevada connection was a factor in UNLV being chosen as a debate site,” Schroeder said. “But I also think Nevada’s swing-state status also had a lot to do with the selection — not to mention to readiness of Las Vegas to absorb a big event like this.
“Also, the debate commission looks for geographical diversity as it makes these decisions, so a Western location undoubtedly helped in that sense, too.”