There is real excitement on the campus of Centre College in Danville, Ky., home of the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate on October 11th at 9 pm ET.
I was on the campus Tuesday. You can feel the anticipation growing among students, faculty and just about anyone you run into around town about next week’s appearances of Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan.
Although the campus is ringed with fencing and concrete barriers for security reasons, Centre College never looked more beautiful. Each student who greets you with a smiling face seems to have a little extra spring in his or her step knowing that in just a few days the world’s attention will be drawn to Central Kentucky and their campus.
The number of visitors, journalists, and dignitaries who will be in Danville is difficult to comprehend: major radio and TV networks, more than 50 satellite trucks, thousands of reporters and support personnel, 76,000 feet of data cable, and loads of Secret Service officials—all in all, a much different feel than when Centre hosted the 2000 vice presidential debate between Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman.
I was at Centre on Tuesday to hear New York Times Op-Ed columnist and author David Brooks speak at the Lil and Len Press Distinguished Lectureship, established in the year 2000. I had the opportunity to sit down with Brooks for a One to One conversation which will air on October 21st.
This week on the program, I’ll have a Centre College Debate preview with the co-chairs of the event, Richard Trollinger and Clarence Wyatt. They want to invite everyone to Danville and have a lot of activities planned other than the main event on Thursday night.
KET will have a role in the festivities too…I’ll have more on that next week.