The commission for presidential debates has revealed the dates and locations for the 2024 debates.

The commission for presidential debates has revealed the dates and locations for the 2024 debates.

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The Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonpartisan organization, has revealed the schedule and locations for the 2020 presidential and vice presidential debates. Four colleges and universities have been chosen to host these events leading up to the general election.

The complete timetable comprises of:

  • The initial debate for the presidency will take place on September 16 at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

  • The debate for vice president took place on September 25th at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

  • The second presidential debate took place on October 1 at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia.

  • The third and possibly last debate between the presidential candidates will take place on October 9th at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Virginia State University, a historically black college or university, will make history by hosting a general election debate for the first time.


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A non-affiliated candidate could join the debates if they are listed on the ballot in a sufficient number of states to potentially secure a majority in the Electoral College, and have an average of at least 15% approval in five prominent national polls.

The nonpartisan and nonprofit organization, the Commission on Presidential Debates, has been responsible for managing general election debates since it was established in 1987. The organization is not funded by the government, nor does it receive funding from either the Republican or Democratic Party, in order to maintain impartiality in the debates.