- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Students at the University of Colorado are demanding more tickets to the Republican presidential candidate debate.

The student government passed a resolution Thursday night criticizing the university, Republican National Committee and CNBC, the broadcast network hosting the Oct. 28 event in Boulder, the Daily Camera reported (https://bit.ly/1QGxTON ).

Junior Bea Lacombe is a student government representative-at-large who worked on the resolution, saying the extremely limited seating sends the wrong message to students.

On Friday, university officials announced the RNC would increase the number of tickets for students, faculty and administrators from 50 to 100. CU-Boulder spokesman Ryan Huff said in an email that the school asked for additional seats.

“We have requested more, but we anticipate that few, if any, will be forthcoming,” Huff said. “We understand that this is primarily a television event and CNBC has limited the audience of the 11,000-seat Coors Events Center to about one-tenth of capacity due to the set-up of the stage, lighting, camera equipment, etc.”

Republican National Committee chief spokesman Sean Spicer says the audience is kept small to keep distractions to a minimum and that students are benefiting by actually being able to participate in hosting the debate.

“Instead of being a potted plant watching a debate for an hour or two, I know CNBC and the RNC are using students and they’ll actually be an active part of this, which frankly I think is a much more exciting thing,” he said.

The student resolution called for a “drastic” increase in tickets for the university community, and said the school should pull its involvement if organizers refused.

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Information from: Daily Camera, https://www.dailycamera.com/


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