UNI site   Ed. Note...Oct. 23, 2007 "postponed due to candidate scheduling conflicts."

PRESS RELEASE from NBC Universal

Published: October 4, 2007

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa and SECAUCUS, N.J. October 4, 2007 - MSNBC will telecast a Republican presidential candidates debate live from the University of Northern Iowa on Nov. 6, 2007, university and network officials announced today. The debate will air from 9-11 p.m. ET from the university's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. MSNBC.com will also stream the debate live. This debate, which was originally announced last February, was originally slated to take place at Iowa State University.

"As the political season heats up, Iowa is the place to be and we're excited to partner with UNI to provide this important forum for the candidates," said Phil Griffin, Senior Vice President, NBC News, and Executive in Charge of MSNBC.

"We're thrilled to team with NBC News and MSNBC to host the debate," said Benjamin Allen, UNI President. "This is a unique opportunity for a public comprehensive university like UNI to showcase itself before a national audience."

Phil Alongi is executive producer, NBC News Specials.

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PRESS RELEASE from Iowa State University



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John McCarroll, University Relations, (515) 294-6137, jmccarol@iastate.edu

Annette Hacker, News Service, (515) 294-3720, annette@iastate.edu

Jeremy Gaines, MSNBC, (201) 583-5362, Jeremy.Gaines@msnbc.com

MSNBC to telecast presidential debate at Iowa State

AMES, Iowa/SECAUCUS, N.J. - MSNBC will telecast a Republican presidential candidates debate live from Iowa State University Nov. 6, 2007, university and network officials announced today.  The debate will also be streamed live on MSNBC.com.

"We're pleased to partner with Iowa State University to provide this important forum for the candidates prior to the first-in-the-nation Iowa presidential nominating caucuses," said Dan Abrams, general manager of MSNBC.

The evening debate will be held at Stephens Auditorium, a 2,700-seat performing arts theater that has hosted a number of nationally broadcast political and news programs.  Details of the debate, including start time and the moderator, have not been finalized.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for our students and the people of Iowa to be involved in the presidential race, and we're glad the nation will be watching on MSNBC," said Gregory Geoffroy, president of Iowa State.

In September 2006, Geoffroy announced that Iowa State would hold Democratic and Republican debates prior to the Iowa caucuses.  Iowa State continues to plan a debate for Democratic candidates, but other announced debates may affect those plans.