The Rundown

First presidential debate moved to Cleveland

By: - July 27, 2020 1:53 pm

A resident waits in line to vote at a polling place. Photo by Scott Olson | Getty Images.

The first presidential debate of the season will now be held on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.

In a Monday announcement, the Commission on Presidential Debates said the September 29 event will be moved from the University of Notre Dame’s campus to the Health Education Campus. The event will be hosted by CWRU and the Cleveland Clinic.

Notre Dame withdrew as host due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Samson Pavilion, where the event is scheduled to be held, was previously converted to a 1,006 “surge hospital” for COVID-19 patients.

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Susan Tebben
Susan Tebben

Susan Tebben is an award-winning journalist with a decade of experience covering Ohio news, including courts and crime, Appalachian social issues, government, education, diversity and culture. She has worked for The Newark Advocate, The Glasgow (KY) Daily Times, The Athens Messenger, and WOUB Public Media. She has also had work featured on National Public Radio.