The 2008 presidential debate locations suck

TV shot of 1960 presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

I was reading about the locations of the debates this election cycle and decided they were lame.

First presidential debate:
Friday, September 26
University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

Vice presidential debate:
Thursday, October 2
Washington University in St. Louis, MO

Second presidential debate:
Tuesday, October 7
Belmont University, Nashville, TN

Third presidential debate:
Wednesday, October 15
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Of the four, only the vice presidential debate will be held in a state that anyone considers a battleground. The shadowy “nonpartisan, nonproft” Commission on Presidential Debates is in the tank for Democrats and Republicans and is lame – this we know.

I would imagine Democrats and Republicans would rather their candidates have debates in less contentious locations. Considering I don’t think any of the presidential debates will be within 90 minutes of a battleground state, I suppose they did a great job of that.

Why not have one in Philadelphia or Talahassee – cities in the two largest, most competitive states?

Here are some battleground states, host them anywhere there to create an important atmosphere:

Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvnaia, Virginia, Wisconsin.

You also might note that the CPD page that announced the dates is titled 2004 election cycle, hampering anyone’s shot at finding the page via search. Congrats, CPD. (Hat tip to Chris Krewson).

Image from Britannica.