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Presidential debate tickets scarce

MIAMI, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Tickets for the campaign's first presidential debate at the University of Miami next Thursday are going to be extremely hard to get.

The tickets to the first debate between President Bush and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry will not be available until a day or two before the event, The Miami Herald reported Thursday.

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Those who usually don't have to worry about getting tickets like university trustees or big campaign contributors may be left out at the center, also the home of the school's basketball teams.

"Tickets is my least favorite word in the English language," said Janet Brown, head of the Commission on Presidential Debates. "I don't have a clue how many tickets will be available -- or when."

The arena has 7,000 seats, but only a fraction of them will be used for the audience. The focus will be on the home television audience.

"I can assure you that we will not use even close to the capacity of the place because of security and noise," Brown said.

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