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Today’s Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum Will Continue as Scheduled Despite Weather Concerns

Inquiries about weather and travel should be directed to:

Iowa Department of Transportation or call dial 511
Frequent updates available at
Please plan accordingly for travel delays.

WHAT: The Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum, the nation’s only presidential forum in which all candidates have an opportunity to answer essential concerns of African-Americans and Latinos.

HDNet is the exclusive broadcast partner of the Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum.

WHO: All Democratic presidential candidates will participate

  • Senator Joseph Biden
  • Former Senator Mike Gravel
  • Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Congressman Dennis Kucinich
  • Senator Christopher J. Dodd
  • Senator Barack Obama
  • Senator John Edwards

Forum moderators:

Michele Norris, host of National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for PBS’s “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.”

Additional VIPs:

  • Dan Rather, Global Correspondent, HDNet’s “Dan Rather Reports”
  • Iowa State Rep Wayne Ford (D-Des Moines), co-chair and founder, Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum
  • Mary Campos, co-chair and founder, Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum

WHEN: Saturday, December 1, 2007

Press Check-In: 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

VIP Interviews: TBD

Forum begins: 7:00 p.m. CT

HDNet’s live coverage begins: 6:30 p.m. CT
HDNet’s post-Forum coverage begins: 9:00 p.m. CT

WHERE: North High School

501 Holcomb Avenue
Des Moines, IA

MORE: Attendees are asked to limit personal items such as large bags or backpacks in order to speed the security check-in process.

Questions about weather and travel should be addressed to:

Iowa Department of Transportation



Colette Carey, HDNet
(303) 542-5576

About the Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum:

The Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum is an element of Urban Dreams’ non-partisan Project V.O.T.E. (Voting Opportunities Through Education). Urban Dreams is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. It is the nation’s only presidential forum in which all candidates have the opportunity to answer essential concerns of African-Americans and Latinos. The non-partisan event began with U.S. Presidential candidate debates in 1984 and has figured prominently in the Iowa caucuses. It is recognized as the oldest, continuous minority forum for presidential candidates in America and one of the longest-running presidential debates in the nation. For further information, visit


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