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University of Notre Dame to host first presidential debate in 2020


ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.—The University of Notre Dame has been selected to host the first presidential debate on September 29, 2020.

The debate will be held in the Purcell Pavilion of the Joyce Center

“The heart of democracy is addressing significant questions in open, reasoned discussion that will inform voters as they prepare to cast their votes,” said University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., also a member of the CPD board of directors. “Standing apart from the glitz and spin of modern campaigns, the presidential debates are that solemn moment in our national life when candidates are invited to discuss seriously the central issues before us.”

The location of the debate was decided by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonpartisan organization. It has sponsored all general election presidential and vice presidential debates since 1988, according to the university.

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