MORAGA, Calif. (Updated: August 25, 2010) - Saint Mary's College of California will host the first U.S. Senatorial debate between incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 7 p.m.

The one-hour debate will be held before a live audience in the College's LeFevre Theatre and will be the first time both candidates will face off in an open forum.

Sponsored by KTVU Channel 2 News, the San Francisco Chronicle and KQED Public Radio, the senate debate will be moderated by KTVU Political Editor Randy Shandobil and will include three veteran political journalists, including San Francisco Chronicle Political Reporter Carla Marinucci, La Opinion Senior Political Reporter Pilar Marrero and KQED Public Radio Host Scott Shafer.

"As a College with a Great Books curriculum, we are committed to serious conversations about critical issues and ideas. We welcome the opportunity to provide these thoughtful candidates with a venue to discuss matters of extreme importance to our students, California and the nation," said Brother President Ronald Gallagher.

Audience seats for the senate debate are by invitation only and are not available to the public. The reason for the invitation only format is that the venue for the debate is a small theater with only 300 seats. As such, tickets were allocated through the sponsoring media partners of KTVU, KQED and the San Francisco Chronicle. As the host of the debate, a portion of the seats in the audience have been reserved for members of the Saint Mary's College community.

All media credentialing for the debate is being coordinated by KTVU. For information contact Associate News Director Janice Gin at (510) 874-0265 or by e-mail at janice.gin@ktvu.com.

For more information visit the College's news and events page on the U.S. Senate Debate or the frequently asked questions (FAQs) page.

Contact: 

Michael McAlpin
Director of Media Relations
(925) 631-4222
mdm5@stmarys-ca.edu

About SMC: 
The Saint Mary’s College of California experience inspires learning that lasts a lifetime. For nearly 150 years, the College has provided students with a rigorous education that engages their intellect and spirit, and awakens a desire to transform society. Guided by the Christian Brothers, the Catholic Church’s oldest order dedicated exclusively to teaching, the College enrolls more than 3,800 students in undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and business programs. For more information visit Saint Mary’s College at stmarys-ca.edu and just 23 miles east of San Francisco.
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