Across Florida
What's happening on other political blogs?


Debate prep: Romney and Ryan to headline local fundraisers weekend before Lynn debate

Friday, October 5th, 2012 by George Bennett

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will attend a fundraiser in Boca Raton on Oct. 19 and Mitt Romney will headline a pair of money events the next day in Palm Beach.

The GOP ticketmates will be raising some final campaign dollars during the run-up to the third and final presidential debate on Oct. 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton.

Brian Ballard, a finance co-chairman for Romney in Florida, says Romney’s Palm Beach money visits are believed to be the final formal fundraising events featuring the candidate.

The specific location for each of the fundraisers hasn’t been announced. The Ryan event includes a $2,500-a-head general reception, a $10,000 VIP photo reception and a $25,000-per-plate private dinner. The host committee includes former Ambassador Ned Siegel and financier Marc Leder, whose home was the setting for Romney’s “47 percent” remarks.

Romney’s Oct. 20 visit to Palm Beach includes a $5,000 general reception and a $50,000 private dinner. Larry Kawa, a member of the host committee for the Palm Beach events, says 700 to 1,000 people are expected for the general reception and as many as 100 for the dinner.

Bob Schieffer to moderate presidential debate at Lynn University

Monday, August 13th, 2012 by Dara Kam

Veteran newsman Bob Schieffer will moderate the Oct. 22 debate between President Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney at Lynn University in Boca Raton, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates website.

The Lynn University debate, the finale of three presidential show-downs, will focus on foreign affairs.

Schieffer is CBS’s chief Washington correspondent and the moderator of the Sunday morning news show Face the Nation.

The commission also announced moderators for the other two debates and a vice presidential debate today as well.

On Oct. 3, Jim Lehrer, executive editor of the PBS Newshour, will moderate the first debate between the presidential candidates at the University of Denver. CNN’s chief political correspondent Candy Crowley will be the moderator for a town hall-style meeting on Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News, will moderate a debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan on Oct. 11 at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Boca Raton’s Lynn University to host presidential debate in October 2012

Monday, October 31st, 2011 by George Bennett

Lynn's Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center

Lynn University in Boca Raton has been selected by the Commission on Presidential Debates as one of three sites for general election presidential debates in 2012.

Lynn will host the third of three presidential debates on Oct. 22 between President Obama and the Republican nominee.

The other presidential debates are set for Oct. 3 at the University of Denver and Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in New York.

A vice presidential debate is slated for Oct. 11 at Centre College in Danville, Ky.

A 2012 presidential debate at Boca’s Lynn University?

Thursday, May 5th, 2011 by George Bennett

Why not? Lynn University's Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center is under consideration as a 2012 presidential debate site.

Members of the Commission on Presidential Debates and the Secret Service visited Lynn University this week to check out the campus as a possible site for a 2012 presidential debate, the school announced.

Expect a decision this fall on sites for three presidential and one vice presidential debate before the November 2012 elections.

Said Lynn President Kevin M. Ross: “Lynn University was honored to show the commission staff our beautiful campus and facilities. We’ve already hosted a 2010 mid-term debate (between then-U.S. Rep. Ron Klein and Republican challenger Allen West) and our campus facilities, including the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center, would be an ideal location for a 2012 presidential election debate. We have the space, the local support infrastructure and services, and the support of the community. I know we would make an excellent choice.”

Check out a list of the other schools competing to be debate venues after the jump…..


Florida political tweeters
Video: Politics stories