Oct. 2 VP debate: Biden, Palin square off on economy, Iraq and taxes

The eyes of the world were on Washington University Oct. 2 as it hosted the most anticipated vice presidential debate in U.S. history. Millions in the United States and around the world watched as Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska and Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware squared off on stage at the Field House in the University's Athletic Complex.

The inside view

Go inside the debate hall for what you didn't see on television.

WUSTL poised for historic debate

"Media will swarm campus" is the headline this week in the student newspaper at Washington University in St. Louis where Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Sarah Palin are scheduled to kick off their much-anticipated vice presidential debate at 8 p.m. (CDT) Oct. 2, in the University's Athletic Complex.

Gwen Ifill of PBS NewsHour to moderate VP debate at WUSTL

Gwen Ifill, a longtime correspondent and moderator for public broadcasting programs The NewsHour and Washington Week, has been selected to moderate the Oct. 2 vice presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, the CPD has announced.

C-SPAN's Campaign 2008 Bus visiting WUSTL for vice presidential debate

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Campaign 2008 Bus

C-SPAN's "Campaign 2008 Bus," a 45-foot long traveling television production studio that is used for political coverage and educational purposes, will be making stops in St. Louis Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 as Washington University in St. Louis hosts the Oct. 2 vice presidential debate between Republican Gov. Sarah Palin and Democrat Sen. Joe Biden.

Red vs. Blue post-debate event

The Red vs. Blue post-debate event will be held at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in Graham Chapel. Sponsored by Congress of the South 40 and Student Union, the event will focus on debate reaction by two political opinion-makers - Jonah Goldberg, syndicated columnist and author, and Peter Beinart, journalist and editor-at-large for The New Republic.

Rock 'em, sock 'em robots


When the approximately 3,000 media swarm to the Field House for the 2008 vice presidential debate, they may notice two robotic boxers, one blue, the other red, duking it out near the Danforth University Center.

History of debates at WUSTL

WUSTL has hosted more debates than any other institution in history. View images and historical information from past debates.

More news

Official transcript from the Commission on Presidential Debates (PDF)

Oct. 9 Record: Debate edition

Media Alerts: Welcome center hours, deadlines, advisories, services

Public viewing area speaker schedule available

Absentee and early voting information for students

Live television broadcasts from campus Oct. 2-3

Extended hours at DUC eateries Oct. 1-3

Biden, Palin during debate

Sen. Joe Biden from Delaware and Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, the vice presidential nominees of the Democratic and Republican parties, respectively, debated each other Oct. 2 in the Washington University in St. Louis Athletic Complex.

Debate watch

Students and members of the media watched the vice presidential debate at various locations around the Danforth Campus.

After Dark Performs on CBS Early Show

The CBS Early Show kicked off debate day with a live broadcast from Holmes Lounge at Washington University in St. Louis. WUSTL's acapella group After Dark helped get things rolling with two original songs. Watch a video of the performance.

Brittany Perez


"During an election season, students tend to stand up and take action about things they care about. It's exciting when students get involved in something they believe in, something that is a reflection of their morals and their values."
Perez is working long hours to help disseminate funding for student debate-related projects and working to make sure students are registered to vote.
Hometown: Tampa, FL

Music and politics

Peter Schmelz
Peter Schmelz

"Though many scholars resist the idea that country music is solely aligned with conservatives, it has been used as a powerful political tool by the right, tapping into a kind of nostalgic fantasy about what America once was," says Peter Schmelz, an assistant professor of musicology who studies the intersections between music and politics.