The school in Conway -- about 30 miles west of Little Rock -- is one of 19 colleges, universities, and other insititutions that put up a $7,500 entry fee just to be considered. The competition for a debate sounds a lot more exciting than most of the actual debates in recent elections:
The Commission on Presidential Debates has a 10-page list of requirements that reads like Rudy Giuliani's rider:
"[It's] like bringing the Super Bowl to your town or your campus, in terms of media attention and the amounts of media and the space required." --Marty Slutsky, an executive producer with the Commission on Presidential Debates, quoted by the Associated Press.
- 1,300 phone lines
- 3,000 hotel rooms within 30 minutes of the event
- Working room for 3,000 reporters
- Parking for 50 satellite trucks
And if you win, you still have to spend about $1.35 million in incidental costs to host the event. (Providence Journal)