The venue for the first presidential debate changed on July 27 after Notre Dame University withdrew as the host site over concerns related to the CCP virus. Case Western University in Cleveland announced it will host the Sept. 29 event instead.
University of Notre Dame President John Jenkins said in a statement that “the constraints the coronavirus pandemic put on the event—as understandable and necessary as they are—have led us to withdraw.”
“The inevitable reduction in student attendance in the debate hall, volunteer opportunities and ancillary educational events undermined the primary benefit of hosting—to provide our students with a meaningful opportunity to engage in the American political process,” he added.
Barring a Democratic convention surprise, President Donald Trump would face presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The university shares the campus with the Cleveland Clinic, which is co-hosting the event.
“This pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of health care and scientific discovery in unprecedented ways. To have the presidential candidates discuss these issues in our innovative learning space represents a tremendous opportunity for both institutions—and our entire region,” Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Tom Mihaljevic and Case Western Reserve University President Barbara Snyder said in a joint statement.
Case Westerns Health Education Campus opened in 2019 and features a 477,000-square-foot pavilion.
The partnership with the Cleveland clinic will make the COVID-19 related preparations easier according to Case Western. The Health Education Campuss distance from the main campus also makes hosting the event more feasible.
The Cleveland Clinic is advising the Commission on Presidential Debates on pandemic-related logistics for all four of the scheduled debates before the election on Nov. 3. The hospital will establish risk-mitigation procedures with the pavilion, including capping the audience size, Read More From Source