Notre Dame Withdraws From Hosting First Trump-Biden Debate


The commission that holds the quadrennial presidential debates says that the first of the three scheduled showdowns this fall between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is being moved from Indiana to Ohio after Notre Dame withdrew as a host.

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CDP) announced on Monday that the Sept. 29 debate will now be held co-hosted by Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic and held at the Health Education Campus (HEC) in Cleveland, Ohio.

The move came after Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana withdrew as the host of the first presidential general election debate.

Notre Dame withdrew due to health concerns of holding a presidential debate amid health concerns over large in-person gatherings amid coronavirus pandemic, the school said.

After conferring with public health officials, the school’s president, Rev. John Jenkins, made what he called “this difficult decision because the necessary health precautions would have greatly diminished the educational value of hosting the debate on our campus.”

The debate will be the second CPD-sponsored debate hosted by Case Western Reserve University.  In 2004, the school was the site of the vice presidential showdown between Vice Pres… (Read more)

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