Best of 2012 Web Stories: Vice Presidential Debate
December 20, 2012 By Elizabeth Trollinger and Cindy Long
As 2012 comes to an end, we’re looking back on the most popular web stories from the Centre homepage, based on Google analytics. (To view the entire 2012 web archive, click here.) Here are the top five web stories about the Vice Presidential Debate at Centre on 10.11.12:
1. Centre College named host of 2012 Vice Presidential Debate
The most popular story on the Vice Presidential Debate was actually the announcement of the upcoming event, written in the fall of last year. It was also the most popular news story for 2011. The Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Oct. 31, 2011 that Centre was selected to host the Vice Presidential Debate on Oct. 11, 2012, or 10.11.12. “Selecting the President and Vice President of the United States is, arguably, the most important political exercise in the world,” said President John A. Roush in response to Centre being named the host site. “We are grateful for this opportunity to serve our nation.”
2. 20 Questions Special Edition with VP Debate Moderator Martha Raddatz
Where does a person who travels for her job want to take a vacation? Find out by reading our 20 Questions with Martha Raddatz, moderator of the Vice Presidential Debate at Centre.
3. General information about Centre’s Vice Presidential Debate
As 10.11.12 and the Vice Presidential Debate drew closer, the College and the community began making major preparations for the vast number of people who would arrive at Centre for the big day—including members of the media, security personnel and volunteers.
4. Janet Brown, executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, to deliver 2012 Commencement address
Janet H. Brown, executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, was named the featured speaker for the 2012 Centre commencement ceremony, held on Sunday, May 20. Brown has served as executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) for its entire 25-year history.
5. [VIDEO] Centre College takes the spotlight on Saturday Night Live
Centre made its Saturday Night Live debut the weekend after the Vice Presidential Debate. In the opening skit of the evening, cast members spoofed the debate—and even name-dropped Centre twice!
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Centre College, founded in 1819, is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Danville, Ky. Centre hosted its second Vice Presidential Debate on 10.11.12, and remains the smallest college in the smallest town ever to host a general election debate. For more, click here.