Okay. Yeah, this was done on the orders of the Bush campaign, if you follow all the links; i.e., they're the ones who had given orders to the police and whatnot. But Kerry's folks could have earned a lot of esteem in my mind if they'd said 'whoa, wait, if you're arresting students and whatnot, this debate's off until this is cleared up' or, well, said /anything/ about all of this.
I suppose one could make the argument that neither candidate knew, granted... perhaps neither campaign actually really knew until much later. Still, feeling cynical today.