Debate Tickets Hard To Come By

Tonight’s debate between Republican candidates seeking the party’s presidential nomination may take place at the University Of Colorado in Boulder, but don’t expect the audience to be filled with students.

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Workmen prepare the venue at the University Of Colorado in Boulder for the Oct. 28 CNBC Republican presidential debate.

For that matter, don’t expect a sold-out audience.  Happening at the 11,000-capacity Coors Events Center, the debate is limited to 1,000 people, reports NPR.  Apparently that’s the way cable TV host CNBC wanted it.

“The way it was explained to us by CNBC is the event is meant for a TV audience, not so much for a live show,”  Colorado Republican Party executive director Ryan Lynch told NPR.

Of the 1,000-ticket allotment, only 100 were originally going to be made available for students.  That is, before the university upped that number to 150 after a group lobbied the school to ask for more tickets.

But does anybody really need to watch the debate when they can view the proceedings from their living room or while perched on a stool at the local watering hole? Or, for that matter, from a watch party set up by the school.  Colorado senior Aaron Estevez-Miller, who was part of the group who pushed the university for more tickets, would like to see more students in the audience.

“At that point, you know, [the candidates] could be half a mile away at the Coors Center or hundreds of miles away in D.C., and it would make no difference,” Estevez-Miller said.