The first debate of the 2012 New Hampshire Primary season is Monday, June 13, at St. Anselm College, from 8 to 10 PM. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are expected to participate. The debate’s sponsors are CNN, the NH Union Leader, and WMUR-TV, which together set the criteria for participation.
The College has established guidelines for what they call the “Campaign Visibility Area” in the parking lot by Baroody Hall, across from the debate site at Sullivan Arena. “It will include all groups and campaigns wishing to express their free speech rights. It’s the ONLY area where visibility and signs will be permitted on campus,” say the guidelines.
This is a curious use of the term “free speech.”
Since the guidelines are not posted on the web-site of the college or the sponsors, I thought you might like to see them:
Guidelines: Saint Anselm College has a strict NO SIGNS on Saint Anselm College property policy. This includes signs and banners on campus buildings. Anyone violating any of the rules below, or engaging in disruptive behavior, can and will be asked to leave the CVA and Saint Anselm property immediately. Any of the above rules can be altered at any point before or during the debate due to safety or other concerns.
· No bands (marching or other)
· No megaphones or amplified noise
· No noisemakers
· Balloons are permitted
· Homemade signs are permitted, as long as they meet above criteria
· T-shirts, stickers, sandwich boards are permitted
· No weapons, fireworks, animals
· No grills/cooking devices
· No alcohol
· No lights or candles
· No glass containers
· Please use available trash containers and leave the CVA as clean as when you entered it