Sept. 25 presidential debate to take place at Pace University

Pace University has been chosen to host the “CNBC/Wall Street Journal Democratic Candidate Presidential Debate” on Thursday, September 25, it was announced today by Pace President David A. Caputo.

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New York, NY, August 20, 2003 – Pace University has been chosen to host the “CNBC/Wall Street Journal Democratic Candidate Presidential Debate” on Thursday, September 25, it was announced today by Pace President David A. Caputo.

The nationally televised debate, focused on economic issues, will be attended by the nine Democratic candidates for U.S. president and will be carried live on CNBC from 4-5:30 p.m. ET (rebroadcast in its entirety on MSNBC at 9 p.m. ET). It will be moderated by NBC News’ Brian Williams. The candidates also will be questioned by panelists from CNBC and The Wall Street Journal. The “CNBC/Wall Street Journal Democratic Candidate Presidential Debate” will be produced by NBC News.

Before an invited audience, the “CNBC/Wall Street Journal Democratic Candidate Presidential Debate” will originate from the 650-seat auditorium of the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on Pace’s downtown campus. The campus recently has become known as the site for hearings on the post 9/11 reconstruction of downtown New York and as the permanent home of Tony Randall’s National Actors’ Theatre.

Pace was selected by Pamela Thomas-Graham, president and chief executive of CNBC and Paul E. Steiger, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal.

“Just nine blocks from Wall Street, Pace University’s downtown campus will make a perfect setting for our debate,” said Thomas-Graham.

“The Wall Street Journal is pleased to help American voters learn more about candidates’ positions and thus contribute to the democratic process by co-sponsoring this debate,” said Steiger.

Some 50 Pace students will participate behind the scenes as aides to the producers and participants. The campus’s gymnasium will be converted into a media center. Pace classes before and afterward will assess the debate.

Caputo said: “Our students and faculty members are excited by being able to support this discussion of national issues we study and teach. Our participation will build something crucial for our students — awareness of what it means to be responsible, engaged citizens.”

Pace is one of ten private universities in the nation that recently founded Project Pericles, a consortium of campuses that encourage civic participation by their students.

“We are pleased to be working with CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, and NBC News on this exploration of the significant economic and business concerns of our common future,” Caputo said.

Press coverage information, including how to obtain press credentials and how to order telephone lines in the press filing center, will be issued Tuesday, September 3 by CNBC and the Wall Street Journal.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university committed to opportunity, teaching and learning, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. It has campuses in New York City and Pleasantville and White Plains, N.Y., and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor, N.Y. More than 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School.

The Wall Street Journal, the flagship publication of Dow Jones & Company (NYSE: DJ;, is the world’s leading global business publication. Founded in 1889, The Wall Street Journal has paid circulation of more than 1.8 million, reaching the nation’s top business and political leaders, as well as investors across the country. Having received 26 Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism, the Journal seeks to help its readers succeed by providing essential and relevant information, presented fairly and accurately, from a dependable and trusted source. The Wall Street Journal has more than 700 journalists world-wide, part of the Dow Jones network of more than 1,500 business and financial journalists. Other publications that are part of The Wall Street Journal franchise, with total circulation of more than 2.6 million, include The Asian Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Journal Europe and The Wall Street Journal Online, the largest paid subscription news site on the Web.

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