The last Republican presidential debate before Super Tuesday will be held at the University of Houston’s Moores Opera House, UH officials confirmed on Wednesday.
“There is no venue more striking on campus, and perhaps in all of Houston, than our Moores Opera House,” Andrew Davis, director of the Moores School of Music, said in a statement. “From its acoustical perfection, to its balance of visual grandeur with intimacy of scale, I cannot imagine a better location to host this national event.”
In October, the university was selected to host the NBC GOP debate, but after the Republican National Committee severed ties with the network, it remained unclear where it would take place.
The debate will be aired live on Feb. 25 through CNN, cnn.com, in Spanish on Telemundo and via Salem Radio Network. CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer will be moderating and panelists include CNN’s Dana Bash, Salem Talk Radio host Hugh Hewitt, and Telemundo anchor Maria Celeste Arrarás.
“The University of Houston is honored to serve as the host-site of this important national conversation,” said University of Houston System Vice Chancellor Richie C.Hunter in a statement. “The chance to participate in history isn’t an opportunity taken lightly, and every day, our Cougar community proves time and time again that it’s deserving of a national spotlight.”
UH announced plans for a Google media filing center as well as pre and post debate activities on campus including a voter’s registration drive. Requests for debate tickets are being handled solely by the Republican Party and not UH, the university said.
Ruthy Muñoz is a first-generation American born to immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic. Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, she currently resides in Houston. Fluent in five languages including English, Spanish, French, Italian and Mandarin, Muñoz has an extensive understanding of people and cultures from traveling and living abroad. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Muñoz is currently pursuing her love of writing and languages at the University of Houston.