Saint Mary's efforts to host a 2012 Presidential Debate have received strong support from the Contra Costa Times. An editorial in the newspaper states that a presidential debate at the College would be an economic boon to the Bay Area. In addition to attracting 3,000 journalists to Moraga, the opinion piece says a Saint Mary's presidential debate would shine an important spotlight on the East Bay. "In the past, presidential debates have been situated in different geographical regions around the country. We believe that the Moraga college offers an ideal setting for a West Coast event and should be seriously considered by the Commission for Presidential Debates."