Web Historical Disclaimer:

This is a historical page and is no longer maintained. Read our Web history statement for more information.

Skip to Content

The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton participated in a Democratic presidential primary debate at The University of Texas at Austin on Thursday, February 21. The debate was hosted by the University Democrats and was presented by the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation on behalf of the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the LBJ Library, CNN and Univision Communications, Inc.

While sparks flew on stage, LBJ Students played a critical role behind the scenes. Our students helped on set with sound and lighting checks, were in the spin room after the debate escorting campaign surrogates and media experts, helped with logistics at the event as ushers and crowd control, and even volunteered to stay behind and help clean up. From beginning to end, Dean Steinberg and the LBJ School were committed to making this event exciting and educational not just for the people of Texas and our nation, but most especially for our students.

LBJ student volunteers served as "stand-ins" for the candidates during CNN's technical rehearsal prior to the debate

Below you will find press clippings, pictures, and video of the LBJ School and its part in the Democratic Debate.


Austin American-Statesman - Austin debate beats 'Idol' locally - February 26, 2008

Austin American-Statesman - Primary electrifies Austin social scene - February 26, 2008

New York Times - Debate Close Wasn’t a Farewell, Clinton Says - February 23, 2008

Austin American-Statesman - Fact checking Clinton, Obama debate - February 22, 2008

Austin American-Statesman - Collegial debate turns prickly for Democratic contenders - February 22, 2008

Austin American-Statesman - Obama hooks 'em at UT before debate - February 22, 2008

New York Times - Debate Takes On Contentious Air - February 22, 2008

New York Times - Tit for Tat on a Night Where Spin Is Master - February 22, 2008

New York Times - Clinton and Obama Debate Once More, and Does It Matter? - February 22, 2008

Time - Clinton Faces Reality in Texas Debate - February 22, 2008

New York Times - Transcript - Democratic Debate in Austin, Tex. - February 21, 2008

CNN - LBJ Library Tour - February 21, 2008

CNN - Texas students' take on debate - February 21, 2008

Washington Post - Johnson's Legacy, Today's Democratic Race - February 21, 2008

Austin American-Statesman - UT, CNN prepare for presidential debate in Austin - February 21, 2008

KXAN - Q&A With UT Politics Experts On Democratic Debate - February 20, 2008

The Huffington Post - On Cuba: UT Austin Student Submits Excellent Question for CNN Presidential Debates - February 19, 2008

Fox News - Video: Tallying Texas - February 18, 2008

The Daily Texan - Democratic debate details announced - February 14, 2008

Austin American-Statesman - Democratic Party to offer 100 Austin debate tickets to public - February 14, 2008

Austin American-Statesman - Central Texans giddy over upcoming Clinton-Obama debate - February 13, 2008

KVUE - Democratic debate at UT will be by invite only - February 13, 2008

News 8 Austin - UT to host historic Democratic debate Feb. 21 - February 13, 2008

KXAN - UT Announces Presidential Debate Location - February 12, 2008

KEYE - Austinites eager for Democratic debate - February 12, 2008

CNN - Texas showdown: Dems agree to CNN-Univision debate - February 11, 2008