2024 presidential debates: Fee pronounces dates and areas

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On this September 2020 file picture, the talk stage is about for then-President Donald Trump and then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to take part within the first presidential debate on the Well being Schooling Campus of Case Western Reserve College in Cleveland, Ohio.


The primary presidential debate is about for mid-September 2024, the Fee on Presidential Debates introduced Monday, establishing the earliest ever begin to the presidential debate schedule.

The bipartisan fee, which has sponsored each normal election presidential debate since its founding in 1987, will host three subsequent yr, with the primary on September 16 at Texas State College in San Marcos, Texas.

The second debate shall be on October 1 at Virginia State College in Petersburg, Virginia, and the third shall be on October 9 on the College of Utah in Salt Lake Metropolis.

There may also be one vice presidential debate on September 25 at Lafayette Faculty in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Sometimes, the primary debate has been in late September or early October. In 2020, the primary debate was on September 29, however amid an uptick in pandemic-era early voting, the Trump marketing campaign referred to as for a further early September debate.

The schedule tweak additionally implies that the debates will finish sooner than they ever have. There shall be 27 days between the final debate and Election Day on November 5. That’s in comparison with 12 days in 2020 and 20 days in 2016.

Nevertheless, it’s not sure the debates will truly occur.

Final yr, the Republican Nationwide Committee voted to withdraw from its participation within the fee, with RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel saying on the time that fee is “biased and has refused to enact easy and commonsense reforms.”

The scheduling change may make it extra doubtless that the eventual Republican nominee participates within the debates, as the shortage of a debate earlier than voting began was one in all McDaniel’s particular criticisms.

In 2020, the second scheduled presidential debate was canceled after then-President Donald Trump refused to participate within the occasion when the fee proposed doing it nearly due to coronavirus considerations. As a substitute, Trump and then-Democratic nominee Joe Biden participated in dueling city halls.

Whereas the College of Utah hosted the 2020 vice presidential debate, the opposite three faculties will host debates for the primary time, with the fee’s co-chairs noting that Virginia State College would be the first traditionally Black faculty or college to host a normal election debate.

All the debates will begin at 9 p.m. ET and can run for 90 minutes with out industrial breaks, based on the fee’s assertion, however particulars about format and moderators shall be introduced subsequent yr.

To obtain an invite to the talk, candidates have to be constitutionally eligible to function president, to be on the poll on sufficient states to win a majority of the electoral votes, and to register at the least 15% in polls from organizations chosen by the fee.


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