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First 2020 presidential debate to be held at Notre Dame

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Posted at 1:02 PM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 13:15:59-04

SOUTH BEND — The University of Notre Dame will host the first presidential debate in the 2020 election series, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Friday.

It will be the first time the University of Notre Dame will host a U.S. presidential debate.

The debate will take place Sept. 29, 2020 in the Purcell Pavilion of the Joyce Center on campus.

"The heart of democracy is addressing significant questions in open, reasoned discussion that will inform voters as they prepare to cast their votes," University President Rev. John I. Jenkins said. "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 Commission on Presidential Debates has sponsored all general election presidential and vice presidential debates since 1988.

"Notre Dame along with the South Bend-Mishawaka-Elkhart region, will be in the global spotlight as a debate host," Jenkins said. "We will work closely with our community partners so that the region is ready to shine for our guests from around the country and the world."

More details about the presidential debate at Notre Dame will be available in the weeks and months ahead at