Three sites have been chosen for the 2008 presidential debates, and all three sites are university campuses according to Marc Ambinder's blog. The sites and dates are:
- September 26 at the University of Mississippi, Oxford
- October 7 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee
- October 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York
With the debates being set on college campuses, this seems like a logical questions to ask. So, do you know where your favorite presidential candidate went to college? They all did. At least all the major party candidates did…
If you look only at front runners (Clinton, Obama, and Edwards for the Dems; Giuliani, Romney, McCain, and Thompson for the GOP) you find that the Ivy League is well represented. Three out of the seven hail from Ivy League schools. Clinton went to Yale. Obama has degrees from both Columbia and Harvard. Romney also went to Harvard as a graduate student.
Among the Democrats, Joe Biden went to the University of Delaware and did his law degree at Syracuse University. Hillary Clinton went to a "women only" school, Wellesley College, before doing her law degree at Yale (ironically, the alma mater of our current president). Chris Dodd went to Providence College before doing his law degree at the University of Louisville. John Edwards started at Clemson, graduate from North Carolina State, and did his law degree at the University of North Carolina. Mike Gravel went to Columbia University. Dennis Kucinich went to Case Western Reserve University. Barack Obama finished up his undergraduate work at Columbia University before going on to Harvard for his law degree. And Bill Richardson studied French at Tufts University.
The GOP list is no less interesting. Rudi Giuliani went to Manhattan College and then on to New York University School of Law. Mike Huckabee did his undergraduate work at Ouachita Baptist University and then went to seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Duncan Hunter got his BA and his law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. Alan Keyes did his undergraduate work at Cornell. John McCain went to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Ron Paul went to Gettysburg College before getting his medical degree from Duke. Mitt Romney attended Stanford, but ended up doing his undergraduate work at Brigham Young; he then went on to do an MBA and a law degree at Harvard. Tom Tancredo attended the University of Northern Colorado. Fred Thompson got his undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis and did his law degree at Vanderbilt.
So of the 17 presidential candidates in the two major parties, eight have law degrees and one has a medical degree.
The ACC is represented by four schools, the Big East by two institutions, and the SEC by one.
One candidate went to college on the G.I. Bill.