With the selection process well underway for cities vying to host a 2016 Presidential Debate, it appears Birmingham, Alabama, has already been visited by representatives from the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) as part of a site selection survey.


Report from ABC 33/40 in Alabama:

The City of Birmingham may be out of the running to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention but ABC 33/40 has learned efforts to put on a presidential debate roll on.

In fact, representatives with the Commission on Presidential Debates, which selects debate cities, conducted a site visit last month in the city, according to a city official.

According to the CPD’s website, the nonpartisan, nonprofit sponsors and produces debates for the United States presidential and vice presidential candidates. It handled debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012.

A potential debate site in Birmingham has been selected but won’t be released at this time. But debates are generally held on college campuses. Some local citizens have suggested University of Alabama at Birmingham and Samford University as possible choices.

The city expects to learn this spring or summer how it fared in the process.

I would not be surprised if Birmingham in fact does land a presidential debate. They fit the guidelines quite well. The debates are often held in smaller to mid-size cities and at lesser-known colleges or universities. It appears the site selection will be announced sometime in the Spring of 2015 so we’ll have to wait a few months before the official list is released. As noted previously, a group of students at the University of Virginia is also putting together a proposal to bring a debate to the Old Dominion.

If you know of any other universities or cities actively seeking to host a debate, please drop me a note in the contact form so I can report on it.