Debate Ticket Wait List

Mitt Romney at 2007 Republican Debate
Mitt Romney at 2007 Republican Debate

Gov. Mitt Romney at 2007 Republican Debate

There are no tickets available for the Republican debate. The college was only provided with a small number of tickets. The majority of tickets were dispersed by the debate's media sponsors, CNN, WMUR, and the Union Leader.

If you would like to be added to the ticket wait list, you can complete our request form at


Campaign Visibility Area Guidelines

A view of the June 2007 CVA
A view of the June 2007 CVA

A scene from the June 2007 Campaign Visibility Area

From Campus Safety and Security: The intent of the Campaign Visibility Area (CVA) is to provide campaigns and other groups with a designated area to express their free speech rights. It is important to remember, however, that while we want to allow this opportunity, safety is our number one concern. Many, if not all, of the rules outlined below are designed to ensure safety of all CVA participants along with the debate attendees. It should also be noted that Saint Anselm College, is private property, is located within a residential area of Goffstown and Manchester and we ask all CVA participants to be respectful of the local community.


The CVA will be in the parking lot in front of Baroody Hall (indicated as building #25 on attached PDF map) on the campus of Saint Anselm College. Entrance to the area will be on foot only, via one of two campus entrances from Saint Anselm Drive.

The CVA will include all groups and campaigns wishing to express their free speech rights.

The CVA is the ONLY area on the campus of Saint Anselm College where visibility and signs will be permitted. Groups forming on other areas of campus will be escorted off the property. Groups forming on city streets or other public areas may be asked to leave by the Goffstown Police Department. Saint Anselm College has a strict no signs on Saint Anselm College property policy. This includes signs and banners on campus buildings.


The CVA will open at 5 p.m. on June 13, 2011. Groups will not be permitted on campus until this time. The CVA will be open to foot traffic only. Security will be on hand to enforce this rule.


Saint Anselm College Safety and Security and local law enforcement, worked with the debate organizers on selecting this site and will be present in the area and responsible for enforcing the rules. That said, debate organizers also ask each campaign to assist with the enforcement of these rules amongst your own campaign supporters.


Parking is very limited at Saint Anselm College for the debate.

People wishing to take part in the CVA will not have designated parking on campus and should plan on being shuttled to Saint Anselm Drive for drop off, and walking to the CVA.

There is no bus parking near the CVA, drop off only.

General Rules Inside CVA

  • Nothing may be pounded into the ground of the CVA or on any college grounds
  • The only signs allowed in the CVA are lawn signs/placards
  • No 4' x 8' signs allowed
  • Signs on sticks will be permitted, but sticks must not be longer than three feet
  • No motorized vehicles
  • No scissor lifts
  • No bands (marching or other)
  • No megaphones or amplified noise
  • No noisemakers
  • Balloons are permitted
  • Homemade signs are permitted, as long as they meet above criteria
  • T-shirts, stickers, sandwich boards are permitted
  • No weapons, fireworks, animals
  • No grills/cooking devices
  • No alcohol
  • No lights or candles
  • No glass containers
  • Please use available trash containers and leave the CVA as clean as when you entered it

Other Notes

Anyone violating any of the above rules, or engaging in any disruptive behavior, can and will be asked to leave the CVA and Saint Anselm property immediately. Any of the above rules can be altered at any point before or during the debate due to safety or other concerns. Any changes made to these rules will be communicated to the management of each campaign with as much notice as possible. Saint Anselm College has the ultimate authority on what is permitted.

A portable toilet will be available near the CVA.

A Weekend Transformation at Sullivan Arena

Sullivan Arena prepares for CNN debate
Sullivan Arena prepares for CNN debate

Preparations are underway at Sullivan Arena

With the CNN, WMUR, New Hampshire Union Leader debate now one week away, preparations are well underway for the pending arrival of television crews and politicians. Before CNN's John King and the seven participating candidates can take to the stage, much work remains to be done, with a high school commencement in the midst of the action.

Over the weekend, a crew arrived to build the superstructure that will hold lights, and various pieces of the debate set. The crew worked from 8 a.m. to well after midnight Sunday, clearing the way for the Saint Anselm staff to prepare the arena for a Tuesday evening commencement ceremony of a local high school.

Visit our Flickr! site for additional images of the initial set up.


Leading Candidates Set to Meet in Saint Anselm Debate

CNN Debate Candidates
CNN Debate Candidates

(From left) Bachmann, Paul, Gingrich, Cain, Pawlenty, Santorum and Romney will participate in the CNN GOP debate on June 13 at Saint Anselm College.

From After months of criss-crossing the country and trying to woo potential supporters in early voting states, seven Republicans hoping to capture their party's presidential nomination will meet this month for the first New Hampshire debate of the 2012 election.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will participate in the June 13 debate on the campus of Saint Anselm College.

For the complete story, visit CNN Politics.

Criteria for Candidate Participation in NH GOP Debate

WMUR-TV's Jennifer Vaughn
WMUR-TV's Jennifer Vaughn

WMUR-TV's Jennifer Vaughn at the 2007 debates

Saint Anselm College is providing venues for the June 13 debate and related activities, but we did not determine who would be invited to appear in the debate. That was a decision reached by the media sponsors, CNN, WMUR, and the New Hampshire Union Leader. They determined that the definition of a candidate was a person who was taking substantive steps towards a presidential run and had reached a minimum threshold in national or state polls.

For a full listing of the criteria, please visit the CNN Political Tickler Blog. Thanks for your interest in the debate and I hope you will be watching.

NHIOP Studio Busy After Romney Announcement

E.J. Dionne, Columnist for The Washington Post
E.J. Dionne, Columnist for The Washington Post

E.J. Dionne, Columnist for "The Washington Post"

Live from the New Hampshire Institute of Politics studio tonight. Expect to see this background a lot — on numerous channels — in the months ahead. On this particular night, E.J. Dionne, columnist for The Washington Post and senior fellow at the Brookings Institute was interviewed on MSNBC. Speaking on CNN from Saint Anselm was Ovide Lamontagne, former 2010 Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retired Senator Judd Gregg.

CNN to Make GOP Debate Footage Available Without Restrictions

Wolf Blitzer at 2007 CNN Debates at Saint Anselm College

Wolf Blitzer at 2007 CNN Debates at Saint Anselm College

Wolf Blitzer at 2007 CNN Debates at Saint Anselm College

From As previously announced, CNN will team up with Hearst Television’s WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader to host a GOP primary debate in America’s first primary state. The debate featuring Republican candidates will be held at Saint Anselm College on June 13 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Due to the historical nature of presidential debates and the significance of these forums to the American public, CNN believes strongly that the debates should be accessible to all viewers.

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Holidays On The Hilltop

A Christmas Wreath on campus

Despite the unusually warm weather recently, Christmas is just around the corner. As students have returned from Thanksgiving break, the campus has been transformed for the holiday season. We have compiled a listing of the many events happening on campus in the next couple of weeks. Happy Holidays!

Through December 9, Campus Ministry invites you to participate in the Christmas Giving Tree Project to benefit children through Catholic Charities of Manchester.

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Trees with gift tags are located in the first floor of Alumni Hall, the entrance to the Abbey Church, and the Office of Campus Ministry (in Cushing Center). Gifts should be returned by Friday, December 9, with gift tag attached.

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A Christmas Wreath on campusFor a listing of daily religious observances in the Abbey Church, please visit the Campus Ministry webpage.

  • December 1: 4th annual Fair Trade Fair, 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m., Lobby, Cushing Center
  • A Celebration of Light, Intercultural Holiday Dinner, 5 p.m., North Lounge, Cushing Center hosted by Campus Ministry and the Multicultural Center
  • December 2: "Deck the Uppers" Judging of lights, 6 p.m.
  • "An Nollaig," An Irish Christmas, 7:30 p.m., Dana Center
  • December 3: Meelia Center Holiday Fair, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Carr Center. (Free and open to have the public).
  • DecemberSong, service of readings and songs of the Advent and Christmas Seasons by the Saint Anselm College Choir, 7:30 p.m., Abbey Church. (Free and open to the public. Arrive early for best seating)
  • December 4: Traditional Blessing of Manger Scene and Christmas Tree with candlelight procession, immediately following the 7 p.m. Mass, plaza behind Alumni Hall, Christmas Carols and refreshments to follow, hosted by Knights of Columbus, Red Key Society and Campus Ministry.
  • December 8: Christmas Feast, Davison Hall, 4 p.m.
  • A Christmas Carol, 3:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., The Renowned Nebraska Theatre Caravan National Tour, Dana Center for the Performing Arts
  • December 25: Christmas Day. The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Mass at 12 Midnight & 11 a.m., Abbey Church

For additional resources for Advent and Christmas, see

For a calendar of major religious holidays and celebrations, see