Stump Speeches at the University of Denver Over the Years

In light of Chelsea Clinton and America Ferrera’s visit to DU today we thought we’d compile a list of all the hopeful candidates and supporters who have visited our campus over the years. DU has had quite a history of high profile visits!

Madeleine Albright

madeleine-albrightWhen: October, 2016

First female U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, visited DU this month to stump for Hillary Clinton. Interestingly, she spent the bulk of her teenage years living near campus and her father taught at DU!



Vice President Joe Biden

When: Thursday, Sept 15, 2016

“For the first time in Korbel’s history, the sitting Vice President Joe Biden was welcomed to campus with over 700 people in attendance for the dinner, along with a student watch party held in Hamilton Gymnasium” (DU Clarion).




Chelsea Clinton & America Ferrera

Chelsea_Clinton_microphone_Philadelphia_2008  AmericaFerreraDIFFApr10 

When: February 18th, 2016

DU welcomed Chelsea Clinton and America Ferrera in the Anderson Academic Common’s Special Events Room where they stumped for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Bernie Sanders

When: June 20th, 2015

Last year, Vermont senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders spoke to 5,500 Denverites in Magness Arena.



romney obamaMitt Romney v Future President Barack Obama

When: October 3rd, 2012

While not a stump speech per se, DU hosted an exciting presidential debate in 2012. This debate garnered an impressive 67.2 million viewers; “the highest rated first election season debate since 1980” (Ostrow, 2012).


John_McCain_in_KyivJohn McCain

When: May 27th, 2008

Arizona senator John McCain visited the University of Denver to build support for his 2008 presidential run against Barack Obama.


Future President Barack Obama

When: January 30th, 2008

Four years before the Romney debate, future President Barack Obama made a campaign stop at Magness Arena.

President William J. Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton

When: January 30th, 2008

Former President Bill Clinton stumped for his wife Hillary Clinton the night following future President Obama’s morning appearance.


Official_Portrait_of_President_Reagan_1981Future President Ronald Reagan

When: April 8th, 1979

Before he announced his candidacy, future President Ronald Reagan visited the arena-fieldhouse at DU.


Richard NixonFuture President Richard Nixon

When: September 13th, 1961

DU’s Young-Republicans League sponsored future President Richard Nixon’s visit to the DU Arena in 1961.


Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments!



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