The hour-long debate, broadcast live by NBC Bay Area and KQED Radio, was moderated by veteran NBC journalist and Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw. He appeared on stage with the aid of crutches after breaking an ankle in an accident on his ranch in Montana.
The audience was comprised of Dominican students and faculty plus members of the community and guests of Dominican. They filled the 780 available seats in Angelico Hall. The majority of people in attendance received free tickets from a debate ticket lottery in September. There were 4,215 total entries for the ticket lottery through the debate website, www.cagovdebate.com. Visit the website for coverage of the debate.
Also in attendance were dozens of members of the media from news organizations ranging from the Washington Post , New York Times and the Associated Press to reporters from publications in Germany and Hong Kong and a television crew from Sky News in the United Kingdom. A total of 300 media credentials were printed for the event and all but four were issued to individuals from make-up artists to managing editors. More than 120 were seated in the Media Filing Center in Guzman Lecture Hall during the debate.