Remember that Republican presidential debate, which back in October was all set to take place on the University of Houston campus on Feb. 26? Those plans went south in January when Sen. Ted Cruz got crossways with NBC, host of that debate, and the Republican National Committee eventually pulled the plug on the network.
Things have been somewhat up in the air ever since. That is until Wednesday when UH announced that the so-called Super Tuesday debate (it's the last GOP debate before the March 1 primaries in 12 states) will take place on the campus on February 25. The action take center stage in the Moores Opera House at the Moores School of Music.
The debate will air live on CNN and Telemundo with Wolf Blitzer as moderator and with Telemundo News co-anchor Maria Celeste Arrarás, Salem talk radio host Hugh Hewitt and CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash as questioners.
It's great PR for the university. In addition to the primetime, nationwide broadcast, there will be pre- and post-debate coverage originating from the Cullen Lawn on the UH campus.
The university plans to take full advantage of the opportunity, planning election-related events across the campus including voter registration, a student watch party, and panel discussions on immigration, gun policy and the primary process.
UH does not have access to tickets for the debate. Those interested should contact the Republican Party of Texas.