Statement: First Presidential Debate

July 27, 2020


The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) today stated that the University of Notre Dame has withdrawn from hosting the first presidential debate on September 29, 2020.  CPD is pleased to announce that the first presidential debate will be co-hosted by Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic and held at the Health Education Campus (HEC) in Cleveland, OH.  Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic have collaborated on the HEC, a joint project where students in medicine, dentistry, nursing and related fields come together to learn and practice team-based care in simulated settings and, later, at actual clinical sites. This will be the second CPD-sponsored debate hosted by Case Western Reserve University.  In 2004, the university was the site of the Vice Presidential debate.

As previously announced, Cleveland Clinic will serve as Health Security Advisor to the CPD for all four 2020 general election debates.  They are:

First presidential debate:
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Vice presidential debate:
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Second presidential debate:
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, FL

Third presidential debate:
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Belmont University, Nashville, TN

All debates will be 90 minutes in length, will run from 9:00 – 10:30 pm ET without commercial breaks, and be broadcast by the White House pool networks.

The CPD is the non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)3 organization that has sponsored and produced all general election presidential debates since 1987.  The CPD receives no funding from the government or any political party or campaign.  For more information and to learn about DebateWatch2020, please visit