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Citadel News Service
28 Jun 2007

Deadline for credential requests for Democratic debate is July 18

CNN will begin accepting requests for press credentials for the first of two unprecedented presidential debates co-sponsored by YouTube.

The Democratic debate will be held 7 to 9 p.m. (ET) on Monday, July 23 at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., on and will air live on CNN. It will be the first Democratic National Committee-sanctioned presidential forum of the 2008 election cycle.
For the first time in presidential debate history, the live forum will feature video questions submitted to YouTube  that will be broadcast and answered by the candidates on CNN. CNN’s Anderson Cooper will moderate the two-hour debate and pose follow-up questions.

Credentials: Journalists interested in obtaining a press credential for the press filing center should send the following information to Media will be required to present photo identification and a company ID upon check-in at the press file center. Please note the credential will grant the journalist access to the filing center and the Spin Room, not the debate hall. 
Please submit:

  • Full Legal Name
  • Title/Company
  • Medium (i.e., Print, Television, Radio, Online) 
  • Phone Numbers (office and cell) 
  • E-mail Address 
  • Supervisor Name and Contact Information (phone and e-mail)

NOTE: Deadline for a press credential requests is Wednesday, July 18. 

The Republican presidential debate will be held  from 7 to 9 p.m. (ET) on Monday, Sept 17 in Florida. CNN will issue a separate press credential advisory for that debate in August.

Phone Orders: Phone orders for sat trucks and the press filing center must be made directly to AT&T. There will be a charge for phone lines, and there will be an additional charge for an actual phone handset, if that is requested. Please e-mail requests to Susan Smith at AND copy Terry Lewis at Please note that cell and Blackberry service can be spotty in some parts of The Citadel campus.
NOTE: Deadline for debate phone orders is Monday, July 16.

Wired Internet and WiFi Internet Service: CNN will provide free wireless Internet service in the press filing center and Spin Room. Information on ordering Wired Ethernet, if needed, is forthcoming.
NOTE: Deadline for debate phone orders is Monday, July 16.

The press filing center will be open to journalists beginning at noon on the day of the debate. Please note that there will be monitors in the filing center for viewing. There will also be a video mult-box with a limited number of plugs-ins available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

An advisory detailing additional logistical information, including the exact locations of the press filing center and the Spin Room, will be issued in the coming weeks. Excerpting instructions are also forthcoming. As previously announced, all 2008 CNN debate footage will be available without restriction upon the conclusion of each debate.


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