Arizona GOP Announces Mesa Arts Center as the Location for Republican Presidential Debate

CONTACT: Mark Stanton

PHOENIX – Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey announced Tuesday that Mesa Arts Center will be the location for the Arizona Republican Presidential Debate featuring candidates seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

The nationally-televised debate is being sponsored by the Arizona Republican Party and the Cable News Network (CNN), and will be conducted and aired live on CNN at 6 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET) on November 30.

Mesa Arts Center, which opened in 2005, is a world-class facility well-suited to host this world-class event. The $98-million complex sits on seven acres and includes more than 212,000 square feet of theaters, studios and exhibition space.

“Mesa Arts Center is an ideal venue for the debate,” said Chairman Morrissey. “This state-of-the-art facility will be front and center as Arizona welcomes the candidates for this important event.”

Governor Jan Brewer, who played a key role in securing the debate in Arizona, called the event a critical opportunity to spotlight southwestern issues and have the candidates hear directly from Arizona voters. As Arizona’s top-elected official, she stated that this debate is very important to the state and the nation.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Governor Brewer. “Arizona will play a key role in the coming election, and I’m looking forward to our voters getting an up-close look at our nation’s candidates for president.”

“I’m thankful to CNN and the Arizona Republican Party for their sponsorship of this important debate,” Governor Brewer added, “and the City of Mesa for its work in making this event a reality. I know the Mesa Arts Center will truly help Arizona shine on the national stage.”

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said the national exposure of the debate will pay dividends for both the State of Arizona and City of Mesa.

“Mesa is honored to host this important event at our beautiful arts center,” Mayor Smith said. “We are confident that we can demonstrate all Arizona has to offer to both the attendees and millions of viewers.”

The Mesa Arts Center is an architecturally-stunning facility located in the heart of downtown Mesa. Arizona’s largest arts center is home to four theaters, five art galleries and 14 art studios. Guests, patrons and students come to Mesa Arts Center to enjoy the finest live entertainment and performances, world-class visual art exhibitions and outstanding arts education classes. The facility is an architectural showpiece and a destination for visitors to the Phoenix area. For a map of the facility go to The Mesa Arts Center is located at One East Main Street in Mesa, Arizona 85201.

Mesa, Arizona is home to nearly half a million people, making it the 39th most populous city in the United States – larger than Kansas City, Miami, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. The area’s economy is driven by five major industries: healthcare, education, aerospace, technology and tourism. Mesa is home to Chicago Cubs spring training, the Boeing Company’s Apache Helicopter, First Solar’s newest solar panel manufacturing plant and the Arizona Laboratories for Security and Defense Research (AzLabs), one of only a handful of high-level security facilities of its kind in the United States. For more information about the City of Mesa go to

The Arizona presidential debate will be viewed worldwide, thanks to the global, 24/7 reach of CNN and The debate will be aired live from Arizona on CNN, and globally on CNN International, CNN en Espanol and CNN Radio.



  1. May I recommend everyone heading to the debate stop at Queen’s Pizzeria on Main St. just before the debate? Locally-owed pizzeria goodness.

  2. Marty Smith says

    Wonders if Parraz and his dog and pony show will be there as well…

  3. How do we republicans in AZ get tickets??

  4. To request tickets (no guarantee) send an email to with your contact information.

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