Posted on April 2nd, 2015, 1:25 pm


McAllen, TX – The City of McAllen has submitted an application to the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) to be considered as a Host for one of the 2016 Presidential or Vice Presidential Debates. The McAllen Convention Center and Performing Arts Center are the proposed venues to host the event which will attract over 3,000 journalists from around the country.

McAllen is proud to apply on behalf of the Rio Grande Valley to bring the Nation’s focus on deep South Texas which has been the epicenter of many of the country’s biggest political and most pressing debates. Immigration, health concerns, border security, space exploration, trade, education, agriculture and other decisive issues are central in our dynamic, bi-cultural, bi-national region. The Rio Grande Valley, with 1.3 million people in its border region, would provide a national platform – and would be an exciting and logical place – for a Presidential or Vice-Presidential debate.

McAllen has hosted several Presidential visits and campaign stops which required short-and long-term organized logistics for the candidates, security, media and waves of large audiences. The City of McAllen, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, South Texas College and the other entities involved are very adept at putting teams together that can handle every aspect of what a debate would require, including all the new connectivity and infrastructure needed for today’s media and communications demands.

The City of McAllen is one of sixteen debate host applicants announced today by the CPD. Finalists will be announced in October later this year.

About the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD):

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The organization, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) corporation, sponsored all the presidential debates in 1988, 1992,1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012. For more information regarding the CPD-

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