Presidential debate to put Nashville in spotlight

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The hall is ready at Belmont University in Nashville, where tonight's presidential debate features Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama in a town hall setting.

Only moderator Tom Brokaw will know what the questions are before they are asked.

Belmont sophomore Erin Carson said she appreciates all that's been done to bring the debate to Nashville and she's looking forward to hearing the candidates.

Belmont Provost Dan McAlexander agreed with Gov. Phil Bredesen and Mayor Karl Dean who said the event will be an opportunity to showcase Nashville.

McAlexander said the city contributed $250,000 to the nearly $3 million cost to host the debate.

The candidates agreed to three debates, the first at the University of Mississippi last month, then at Belmont, then at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Oct. 15.

Vice presidential contenders Sarah Palin and Joe Biden met last Thursday at Washington University in St. Louis.

The private Commission on Presidential Debates picked its four debate sites from 16 contenders.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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