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Danville and Centre College prepare for Vice Presidential debate

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DANVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The next phase of the American election season is the debate schedule.  The nation's only Vice Presidential debate takes place in Danville, Kentucky, on October 11. You can't see the excitement building in the city, but you can sure feel it when you talk to the folks there. 

Ann Clay Harris owns a boutique downtown. She said, "I think it'll be great, I think it will bring a lot of people to the area and it should bring a lot to the businesses downtown so it's gonna be an exciting time for Danville."

Mary Beth Gay is librarian for the Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville. "I think it'll be great, I think it will bring a lot of people to the area and it should bring a lot to the businesses downtown so it's gonna be an exciting time for Danville," said Mary Beth Gay.

The debate will take place at the Norton Center for the Arts on the Centre College campus with its striking red seats. Transformation is underway to turn the Hazelrigg Gym in Sutcliffe hall into the media-filing center with almost 15 miles of cable being laid, 200 tables holding 750 work stations.

Centre's president John Roush spearheaded the 2000 Vice Presidential debate at the college.  He's now confident that Centre will do it again as well as or better in 2012. "We will, on October 11 pull off another successful event, not just for Centre College, but I would argue for the Commonwealth of Kentucky as well," said John Roush.

That's when the quiet idyllic Danville, for a few days in October, becomes the center of the political world.

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