U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN), today applauded the announcement from the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) that Belmont University in Nashville will host the Town Hall Presidential Debate on October 7, 2008. Belmont was one of 16 sites nationwide under consideration to host one of three presidential, or one vice presidential, debates.
“Today’s announcement puts the spotlight on Nashville and means good things for Belmont,” Alexander said. “Historian David McCullough once said, ‘You can't be a full participant in our democracy if you don't know our history,’ and a presidential debate sparks interest in both. This will be an exciting way for the students at Belmont University and the citizens of Nashville to learn about our history and participate in our democracy.”
“This is outstanding news for Belmont, the Nashville community and the state of Tennessee,” said Corker. “Tennessee, as home to three of our country's presidents and such a rich political history, is the perfect place for a presidential debate. I’ve been an enthusiastic supporter of Belmont’s bid, and I commend the students, faculty, and local leaders who have made this happen."