Marquette to Host Nationally-Televised Democratic Presidential
January 12, 2004
MILWAUKEE – Marquette University has been selected as the site
for a live national broadcast of a debate between the Democratic
candidates for president of the United States. The debate, titled
“Wisconsin Presidential Debate 2004," is sponsored by the
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and WTMJ-TV Milwaukee. It
will take place on Sunday, February 15 th at 5:30 p.m.
in Marquette's Alumni Memorial Union, just two days before Wisconsin's
presidential primary which is being held on Tuesday, February
17th. Media credentials and ticket distribution will be
handled by Journal Communications. Click on www.wisconsindebate.com
for more information.
"Marquette is very proud to be a resource in hosting such
an important event for Wisconsin,” Marquette University President
Robert Wild, S.J., says. “Universities are, at their core, places
that facilitate the continual exchange of ideas from all points
of view. So this seems a very good fit for Marquette.”
The 90-minute debate will be broadcast live on Milwaukee NBC affiliate
TODAY'S TMJ4 and to a national audience on the cable news channel
MSNBC. TODAY'S TMJ4 Anchorman, Mike Gousha will moderate the debate
along with a panel of journalists.
All of the current Democratic presidential hopefuls have been
invited to participate.
“We're pleased and proud to join with the Journal Sentinel and
our parent company to bring the debate to our viewers,” says Mark
Strachota, vice president and general manger of TODAY'S TMJ4.
“We're very grateful to Marquette for hosting this important national
The Wisconsin primary falls between the
February 3rd primaries (South Carolina, Missouri, and New Mexico)
and the “Super Tuesday” primaries on March 2nd. Wisconsin
has an open primary, which means that anyone can vote, regardless
of party affiliation. A strong turnout is expected because of
a mayoral primary in Milwaukee.
A limited number of tickets have already been made available
to the public by Journal Communications Inc.