Debates and Forums

-CBS/WCBS/New York Times debate in New York, NY on Sunday, February 29, 2004. C-SPAN

Democratic presidential debate organized by the Los Angeles Times and CNN at University of Southern California in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 26, 2004. C-SPAN

-"Wisconsin Presidential Debate 2004" sponsored by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) and Journal Communications at Marquette University's Alumni Memorial Union in Milwaukee on Sunday, February 15, 2004; broadcast on WTMJ-TV, MSNBC and WTMJ-AM (620).

-The South Carolina Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate, hosted by MSNBC, Young Democrats of South Carolina and Furman University, at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, SC on Thursday, January 29, 2004.

-WMUR-TV, FOX, The Union Leader, and ABC News Debate at at St. Anselm College in Goffstown, NH on Thursday, January 22, 2004. transcript

-Iowa Brown & Black Coalition's presidential candidate forum in Des Moines, IA on Sunday, January 11, 2004. >>

-NPR News/WOI Radio Group radio-only debate with the Democratic presidential candidates in Des Moines, IA on Tuesday, January 6, 2004. >>

-Des Moines Register's Democratic presidential debate at Iowa Public Television in Johnston, IA on Sunday, January 4, 2004. C-SPAN

-DNC-sanctioned debate, "The New Hampshire Democratic Debate," hosted by WMUR and ABC News Nightline at Johnson Theatre, University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH on Tuesday, December 9, 2003. transcript

-DNC-sanctioned debate sponsored by MSNBC in Des Moines, IA on Monday, November 24, 2003.

-"America Rocks the Vote"--a CNN and Rock the Vote Democratic presidential candidate forum at Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA on Tuesday, November 4, 2003.

-DNC-sanctioned debate hosted by members of the Congressional Black Caucus in Detroit, MI on Sunday, October 26, 2003.

-DNC-sanctioned debate hosted by Governor Janet Napolitano and the Arizona Democratic Party in Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, October 9, 2003, broadcast on CNN.

-DNC-sanctioned "CNBC/Wall Street Journal Presidential Democratic Candidate Debate" at Pace University in New York City, NY on Thursday, September 25, 2003, broadcast by CNBC and MSNBC.

-Congressional Black Caucus Political Education Leadership Institute and Fox News Channel sponsored debate at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD on Tuesday, September 9, 2003

-DNC-sanctioned debate hosted by Governor Bill Richardson and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM on Thursday, September 4, 2003, broadcast by Univision and PBS stations. 

-ABC "The Democratic Presidential Debate" at University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Saturday, May 3, 2003 (in conjunction with the  South Carolina Democratic Party's Dem Weekend 2003).

1. On May 15, 2003 the Lieberman campaign proposed one nationally-broadcast, media-sponsored debate a month.  Following up on the proposal, the DNC coordinated with the campaigns and on June 27 announced plans for six presidential primary debates including details of four:
-Albuquerque, NM, September 4, 2003 - Hosted by Governor Bill Richardson and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, broadcast by Univision and PBS stations. 
-New York City, NY, September 25, 2003 - CNBC/Wall Street Journal debate, broadcast by CNBC and MSNBC.
-Phoenix, AZ, October 9, 2003 - Hosted by Governor Janet Napolitano and the Arizona Democratic Party, broadcast on CNN. [Originally announced for October 12].
-Detroit, MI, October 26, 2003 - Hosted by members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
-Two more sanctioned debates were held—in Iowa on November 24 and New Hampshire on December 9.

2. Debates provide many opportunities for posturing.  One minor example is this September 14, 2003 exchange of letters.

3. Not all debates that are proposed happen. 
-The Congressional Black Caucus initially proposed four debates to be held in Baltimore, MD;  Detroit, MI; Los Angeles, CA; and Jackson, MS.
-In New Hampshire, The Union Leader and WMUR proposed four forums: town hall meetings in September and October 2003 and formal debates in December 2003 and January 2004.
-A Presidential Primary Debate to be hosted by NHPTV, NECN and the Concord Monitor, at the Johnson Theatre, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH on Thursday, January 8, 2004 was cancelled in Dec. 2003.

Some of the Many Forums
Democratic Presidential Candidates Forum, sponsored by WIS-TV, Center for Community Change, and the Tom Joyner Morning Show in Columbia, SC -- January 30, 2004.

Florida Democratic Convention at Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL -- December 5-7, 2003.

AARP candidate forum at the Wayfarer Inn in Bedford, NH -- Tuesday, November 18, 2003.

Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson Jackson Dinner at Veterans Memorial in Des Moines, IA -- Saturday, November 15, 2003.

National Summit on Agriculture and Rural Life at Hotel Fort Des Moines in Des Moines, IA -- Saturday, November 15, 2003.

Presidential Candidates Forum on Women's Issues hosted by Planned Parenthood at The Center of New Hampshire Holiday Inn in Manchester, NH -- Wednesday, November 5, 2003

AARP Iowa Democratic Presidential Candidate Forum at Embassy Suites in Des Moines, IA -- Wednesday, October 15, 2003.

-Iowa-TOM PAC (Sen. Tom Harkin) "Hear it from the Heartland" -- April 6-Oct. 6, 2003.

-DNC Fall Meeting in Washington, DC -- October 2-4, 2003.

-Sen. Tom Harkin's 26th Annual Steak Fry in Indianola, IA -- Saturday, September 13, 2003

-SEIU 2003 Member Political Action Conference  in Washington, DC -- Monday, September 8, 2003.

-Presidential forum sponsored by Teamsters, Hawkeye Labor Council and Plumbers and Pipefitters at Teamsters Hall in Cedar Rapids, IA -- Friday, August 15, 2003.

-Presidential forum moderated by Gov. Tom Vilsack during the Governor's Conference on Public Health at Drake University in Des Moines, IA -- Thursday, August 14, 2003

-Presidential forum at the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO Convention in Waterloo, IA -- Wednesday, August 13, 2003

-Oklahoma State Democratic Party Presidential Forum at Oklahoma State University's Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, OK -- Tuesday, August 12, 2003.

-Sheet Metal Workers' International Association Democratic Presidential Candidates Town Meeting at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA -- Monday, August 11, 2003.

-AFL-CIO Working Families Presidential Forum in Chicago, IL -- Tuesday, August 5, 2003.

-Presidential candidates' forum on health care reform at the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union's Fifth Regular Convention in San Francisco, CA -- Thursday, July 31, 2003.

-National Urban League's Democratic Presidential Candidates' Forum in Pittsburgh, PA -- Monday, July 28, 2003.

-Human Rights Campaign's "Speaking of Equality" forum on gay issues in Washington, DC -- Tuesday, July 15, 2003.

-Candidate forum at the 94th annual NAACP Convention in Miami, FL -- Monday, July 14, 2003; (and three repentants, July 17, 2003). 

-NOW "Meet the Presidential Candidates" Forum in Arlington, VA -- Friday, July 11, 2003.

-NALEO "Meet The 2004 Democratic Presidential Candidates" (20th Annual Conference) in Phoenix, AZ -- Saturday, June 28, 2003.

-LCV/CLCV Presidential Candidate Environmental Forum in Los Angeles, CA --Thursday, June 26, 2003.

-Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund Democratic Presidential Forum (2003 Annual Conference) in Chicago, IL  -- Sunday, June 22, 2003.

-"America's Hometown Forum" presented by Jasper County Democrats in Newton, IA -- Saturday, June 21, 2003.

-Campaign for America's Future-"Take Back America" Conference in Washington, DC -- June 4-6, 2003.

Democratic Rural Conference of New York "Presidential Candidate Forum on Rural Issues" in Lake Placid, NY -- Saturday, May 31, 2003.

-EMILY's List "Choose Your Candidate" (Annual Majority Council Conference) in Washington, DC -- Tuesday, May 20, 2003.

-"Fighting for Working Families: An AFSCME Presidential Town Hall Meeting" in Des Moines, IA --Saturday, May 17, 2003.

South Carolina -- May 2-4, 2003.

-Children's Defense Fund's Presidential Candidates Forum in Washington, DC -- Wednesday, April 9, 2003.

-Building Trades Conference (AFL-CIO) Legislative Conference's 2004 Presidential Candidates Forum  in Washington, DC -- Wednesday, April 9, 2003.

California Democratic Party Convention in Sacramento, CA -- March 14-16, 2003.

-DNC Winter Meeting in Washington, DC -- February 20-22, 2003.

Democratic Mayors in Washington, DC -- January 23, 2003.

-NARAL Pro-Choice America dinner commemorating the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Washington, DC -- Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Copyright © 2003, 2004  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.  Updated Nov. 13, 2023.