Site of Republican debate is college run by world’s oldest religion order

Townhall.com Staff
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Posted: Jun 13, 2011 10:26 AM
Site of Republican debate is college run by world’s oldest religion order
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - The staging ground for Monday night’s Republican presidential debate – the first of 2012 presidential cycle in the critical early voting state of New Hampshire - is connected to a history so deep that it predates American politics by a millennium.

Saint Anselm College, in Manchester, New Hampshire, was founded and is run by the Benedictines, a Catholic order founded in the 6th century. It claims to be the world’s oldest religious order.

The school has hosted Republican and Democratic presidential debates in previous election cycles, sometimes drawing criticism for appearing to get involved in partisan politics.