The Next GOP Debate Will Be At A University, But Students Aren’t Allowed


The GOP has already effectively written off Latino voters, African-Americans, women and now, they appear to be writing off Millennials, which will leave them with a voting bloc of angry old white men.

The next Republican debate will be held in the Coors Events Center at the über liberal University of Colorado in even liberaler (let’s agree that’s a word) Boulder. You almost have to congratulate Republicans for heading into the lion’s den, right? Well, it might be the lion’s den, but they are clearing it of any lions before the debate. Only a tiny handful of students will even be allowed to attend.

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The debate, which is scheduled for October 28th, will be held at an 11,000 person venue, but they are only inviting 1,000 people and only 50 of those seats are reserved for students, faculty or staff. The rest of the seats will go to Republicans. That’s very small ‘d’ democratic of them.

The liberal organization Progress Now Colorado had this to say in a press release:

“It’s outrageous that the Republican Party has chosen to shut University of Colorado students out of the October presidential debate on their own campus,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “The Republican Party is partnering with the University of Colorado to host this debate, co-opting the good name of Colorado’s flagship university to provide a forum for Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, and the rest of the GOP’s out-of-touch presidential candidates. Now we know that the GOP is afraid to let anyone but a hand-picked audience see them.”

“What is the Republican National Committee so afraid of that they have to lock the CU student body out of this debate?” asked Runyon-Harms. “A hand-picked audience clapping politely at the Coors Events Center while Donald Trump insults women and Ben Carson insults Muslims would be an insult to the intelligence of every University of Colorado student. The millions of viewers watching this debate deserve to see and hear how real people respond to these presidential candidates. Anything less is worthless political theater, and a misuse of the University of Colorado’s reputation for open and accessible dialogue.”

“Limiting the debate audience to 1,000 hand-picked Republican Party loyalists in a forum designed to seat 11,000 students is unacceptable,” said Runyon-Harms. “To protect the reputation of the University of Colorado for intellectual honesty, we once again call on the Republican National Committee and the University of Colorado to make 50% of the seats at this debate available to CU students.”

“There’s plenty of room,” said Runyon-Harms. “All that’s needed is some backbone.”

Apparently, Republicans are not yet familiar with how social media works. If they shut out students at one university, they are effectively shutting out students from the entire process – at least that’s how it will be perceived once it’s made the Twitter rounds. Not that I want to give Republicans advice, but if they want a fighting chance, they need to include someone who isn’t already a mouth breathing bigot or a capitalist.

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