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DEADLINE FOR CREDENTIAL REQUESTS FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES IS SEPTEMBER 22
21 Sep 2000
Indymedia Activists! let's make sure we're both inside and outside the presidential debates and challenge them to refuse us credentials to cover the debates. Fax your requestions to 202-228-1142. See below for the complete press release from the CPD.
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THE DEADLINE FOR CREDENTIAL REQUESTS FOR THE
21 Sep 2000

September 19, 2000

MEDIA ADVISORY


THE DEADLINE FOR CREDENTIAL REQUESTS FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES IS SEPTEMBER 22, 2000

The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced the sites and dates for the 2000 Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates. They are:

Tuesday, October 3, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
Thursday, October 5, Centre College, Danville, KY (VP)
Wednesday, October 11, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
Tuesday, October 17, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

CREDENTIALS

Personnel of the US Senate Press Gallery have agreed to assist the Commission on Presidential Debates in processing requests for credentials for the 2000 debate series.

News organizations should make written requests on letterhead indicating which of the four debates they plan to attend; the names of news personnel, title (i.e., reporter, photographer, etc.), date of birth, and Social Security numbers of those personnel.

Seating in the debate halls, particularly Centre College, is extremely limited. Most correspondents will only be credentialed for the media filing center.

Credential requests should be sent to:
Mr. Robert E. Petersen
Senate Press Gallery
U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20510

Requests may also be faxed to 202-228-1142

Credentials will not be sent by mail. Credentials will be picked up the day of each debate at the debate site. Current valid press identification will be required to obtain debate credentials. There will be no confirmation of credentials prior to the debate.

OTHER INFORMATION

US Airways will offer special fares to designated media covering the 2000 Presidential Debates. Travel under this program is valid to and from Boston Logan International Airport, Cincinnati, Ohio (alternate air service is available via Louisville, K.Y.), Greensboro, N.C. (alternate air service via Charlotte, N.C. or Raleigh-Durham, N.C.), and St. Louis, Mo. These special fares are valid in conjunction with specified rules and restrictions and are applicable for travel from all points on US Airways' route system within the Continental United States. These fares are not combinable with other discounts or promotions and must be ticketed by US Airways. Identification verifying the eligibility of the traveler may be required.

Travel is valid from Sept. 2 to Oct. 20, 2000.

To learn more about how to take advantage of these exclusive fares, cal US Airways' Group and Meeting Reservation Office toll free at 877-874-7687 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., EDT, and refer to US Airways Gold File 77111656.

Contacts for obtaining hotel rooms in the host cities and telephone lines in the media halls follow below. In Danville only, local transportation is being arranged centrally. Please contact Vickie Glidewell at Centre College at 859-238-5714 (Fax: 606-238-5723, E-mail: glidwell (at) centre.edu). For general information about the Commission on Presidential Debates, call 202-872-1020. For media related questions, please call 202-737-7733.


TELEPHONE ORDERS

In Boston:
John O'Connell, Bell Atlantic
Phone: 617-743-8336
E-mail: john.t.oconnell.jr (at) bellatlantic.com

In Danville:
Sally Lawson, BellSouth
Phone: 502-327-3857 or
800-501-7599 (toll free)
Fax: 502-327-3873
E-mail: sally_lawson (at) bbs.bellsouth.com
Order online: http://64.182.97.198/BellSouthVPDebateForm/index.asp

In Winston-Salem:
Bert Barnes, BellSouth
Phone: 800-863-2542 X2005
Fax: 336-631-2211
E-mail: bert_barnes (at) bbs.bellsouth.com

In St. Louis: Georgia Miller, Southwestern Bell
Phone: 314-505-0075 or
877-873-8799 (toll free)
Fax: 314-505-0537


HOTELS

In Boston:
For 10 or more rooms per night:
Maureen Buckley, Greater Boston Visitors and Tourist Bureau
Phone: 617-867-8260
E-mail: mbuckley (at) bostonusa.com

For fewer than 10 rooms per night:
Website: www.bostonusa.com

In Danville:
Kay Berggren, Danville-Boyle County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Phone: 859-236-7794 or
800-755-0076 (toll free)
Fax: 859-236-3197
E-mail: tourism (at) searnet.com
Website: www.danville-ky.com

In Winston-Salem:
For housing information:
Website: www.visitwinstonsalem.com/debate.html

For general information:
Leigh Anne Walkush, Winston-Salem Convention and Visitors Bureau Housing Department
Phone: 800-331-7018 (toll free)
E-mail: lwalkush (at) wscvb.com

In St. Louis:
Carolyn Eisele, St. Louis Convention and Visitors Bureau
Phone: 314-992-0624
Fax: 314-621-7729
E-mail: ceisele (at) explorestlouis.com
Website: www.explorestlouis.com


additional info
21 Sep 2000
According the UMass page on the debates:

"Only full-time employees of news organizations are eligible. No stringers, freelancers, interns, students or family members. Seating is extremely limited in the actual debate halls. Most correspondents will be credentialed for only the media center and not the debate hall itself"

http://www.umb.edu/debate/media.html