Traffic alert: Obama, Romney visiting UM; delays expected
President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney will discuss education and the future of the Hispanic community during Univision News and Facebook’s “Meet the Candidates” forums at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center Fieldhouse on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 19 and 20.
Romney is scheduled to visit at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Obama will appear at 1 p.m. Thursday. Traffic delays are expected on Ponce de Leon Boulevard, U.S. 1, and streets adjacent to the BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Dr., both days.
“The University of Miami is proud to be part of these important events that will address the future of education and Hispanics in the nation,” said UM President Donna E. Shalala. “Our students are thrilled to have the candidates for president on our campus.”
The events are open to University of Miami students only. The questions will be in Spanish, they will be answered in English and translated to Spanish where necessary, according to The Miami Herald.
Both events will be streamed on the Univision Noticias Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/univisionnoticias), with Facebook’s politics hub (http://www.facebook.com/uspolitics) also highlighting the events. The Romney live stream will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; check the site later to confirm the Obama live stream.
Univision News will also be engaging audiences via Facebook in advance of the events. Univision Network will air the events at 10 p.m. on each night.
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas, the award-winning anchors of Univision’s national evening newscast Noticiero Univision, will moderate the one-on-one conversations, the first events of their kind targeting Hispanic Americans.
“Hispanics will play a key role in electing the next president of the United States and these events will help address key issues so that the more than 20 million Hispanics expected to vote this year can make an informed decision,” said Cesar Conde, president, Univision Networks. “We are pleased that both President Obama and Governor Romney understand the importance of sharing their vision with Hispanic Americans, a group that is younger and more active in social media than the average citizen and whose influence in U.S. politics continues to grow. By partnering with Facebook and the University of Miami, we are further bringing access to these candidates to an incredibly important segment of the population.”