There are two upcoming presidential debates being held within the greater regional area.
For the Republicans:
The "All-American Presidential Forums on PBS" Moderated by Tavis Smiley will give Republican Presidential candidates an opportunity to make their case on the issues of concern for people of color. The Forum will take place on September 27th from 9 to 10:30 p.m. (EDT), broadcast live on PBS from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Forum will be the first such event for Fred Thompson since he officially entered the race. All other candidates are expected to participate with the exception of former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney who have thus far declined the invitation.
Baltimore is stretching it in defining regional boundaries but it seemed worth mentioning.
The trip will be much shorter for the Democrats. The candidates are coming to us. Get out the costumes and candy because on October 30th NBC News will be hosting a debate in Philadelphia, to be streamed live on MSNBC. I don't have any other details. If anyone has any ideas on how an unnamed blogger with a bag on her head can get into that one, please let me know.