Univision Network's María Elena Salinas will co-moderate the first in a series of six democratic presidential candidate debates facilitated by the Democratic
National Committee. From the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, the 90-minute debate will air on Univision Network completely in
Spanish Saturday, September 6, from 11am to 12:30pm ET/PT (10am to 11:30am Central/Mountain Time).
Salinas will be joined by Ray Suárez, senior correspondent for PBS's "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson,
and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Issues important to the Hispanic community to be discussed are: post-9/11 effects on
national security and immigration, tax cuts, lack of healthcare access to Hispanic children, education, and relations with Mexico and Latin
As the largest U.S. minority, Hispanics have demonstrated their growing role in the country's electoral and political panorama. Both
the Democratic and Republican parties have initiated aggressive campaigns to capture the Hispanic vote at the 2004 presidential polls.
Univision is committed to providing Hispanic TV viewers with comprehensive reporting and this debate marks the first important
initiative that launches "Destino 2004" ("Destiny 2004"), the Network's signature for its election coverage.
The Network is also working closely with Univision Online; located at http://www.univision.com, visitors can participate in polls, view
candidate profiles, find debate-featured articles and chat in forums.
The debate is a co-production of Univision Network and MacNeil/Lehrer Productions and can also be seen live on PBS stations in English on
Thursday, September 4, from 8pm to 9:30pm ET (check local listings).