Saint Anselm College to Host New Hampshire’s Only Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

December 12, 2019

By Laura Lemire and Alexis Soucy

Saint Anselm College has been selected by ABC Television Network as the site of the only head-to-head presidential primary debate in New Hampshire for the Democratic Party ahead of the state's first-in-the-nation primary election on February 11, 2020.

ABC will partner with Saint Anselm College, Apple News, and ABC-affiliated television station WMUR-TV for the Democratic primary debate on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. The Democratic debate will take place in Thomas F. Sullivan Arena.

"Saint Anselm is proud to play a role to support and shape the American democratic process with this important event," says Dr. Joseph A. Favazza, president of Saint Anselm College. "This unique opportunity for our students to work closely with leading politicians and national media professionals is a wonderful example of the transformative experiences our students have while on the Hilltop."

For over 60 years, Saint Anselm College has been welcoming candidates for the United States Presidency. Every four years, Saint Anselm College becomes a hub for political activity ahead of New Hampshire’s presidential primary. Home to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP), a must-stop on the campaign trail for all major contenders for the White House, Saint Anselm has a rich history of hosting debates and presidential primary events. ABC previously chose the college for a Republican primary debate in February 2016, a Democratic primary debate in December 2015, and a Republican primary debate in January 2012; CNN held a debate at Saint Anselm in June 2011; and CNN and ABC conducted four debates on campus during the 2008 election cycle.

The college hosted its first presidential primary debate in 1984, sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Over the last seven decades, Saint Anselm has presented hundreds of visits, talks, speeches, and events featuring national political figures. In the past 12 months alone, 16 candidates for the country's highest office appeared at Politics & Eggs, an event series and tradition conducted by the New England Council and the NHIOP, and five candidates appeared in CNN town halls televised live from the campus’ Dana Center for the Humanities. See which presidential candidates have visited the NHIOP »

The Democratic primary debate will air nationally on the ABC Television Network and on WMUR-TV (Channel 9) in northern New England.



Members of the press interested in media credentials must submit an application (one per person) at:

Deadline - January 15

ABC News is handling all media credentialing. Applications will not be accepted after Jan. 15. All applications will be subject to approval and availability.

Media Filing Center

The media filing centers are located at Saint Anselm College’s Carr Center (includes spin room) and Stoutenburgh Gym. The outdoor stand-up location will be across the street from the media filing centers in a parking lot.

Additional Information

In order to accommodate as many credentialed press as possible, there will be workspace in the two media filing centers. All credentialed press will have access to the Carr Center media filiing center, where the spin room is located immediately following the debate. Only those with a spin room credential will be allowed access inside the spin room.

All credentialed press will receive a media advisory with further information and logistics prior to the debate.