Notre Dame to host presidential debate in September 2020

Notre Dame to host presidential debate in September 2020

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SOUTH BEND — The University of Notre Dame will host one of three debates between the Democratic and Republican nominees for president in the 2020 General Election, University President the Rev. John Jenkins announced Friday.

The debate will happen Sept. 29 at the Joyce Center. Tickets will limited and Jenkins said he isn't sure who will be allowed in.

"The world's attention will be on us and on this region," Jenkins said. "Presidential debates are a sacred moment in our democracy.

The Commission on Presidential Debates in January sought proposals from sites interested in hosting a 2020 general election presidential or vice-presidential debate. The requirements included a debate hall with at least 15,000 square feet that is air-conditioned, large parking areas for media, media filing and accreditation centers, and at least 3,000 hotel rooms “nearby.” The deadline for filing proposals was April 2.

There are about 5,000 hotel rooms in St. Joseph County.

Since 2000, all presidential general election debates have been hosted by universities. In 2016 Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hilary Clinton debated at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Sept 26, Washington University in St. Louis Oct. 9 and the University of Nevada Las Vegas Oct. 19.

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