Belmont University Presidential Debate

View from the 2008 debate between Senator McCain and President Obama

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -- Sources tell News4 that Belmont will host a Presidential debate in October of 2020.

Belmont University President Bob Fisher was joined by local and state officials Friday morning at 11:30 to make the official announcement of Belmont's selection as a location for the 2020 Presidential nominee debate.

Debate locations are chosen by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates.

Friday morning at 11:30, the Commission announced the full 2020 debates schedule: September 29 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, October 15 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and the final location, Belmont University, on October 22nd.

The Vice Presidential candidate debate happens October 7 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

The University President was joined by Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn, Congressman Jim Cooper, Tennessee Commissioner of Tourist Development Mark Ezell, along with Nashville Mayor John Cooper and Butch Spyridon of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation.

Fisher said that the school got word Thursday afternoon, that the school will host the third, and final debate before the election.

On Thursday, October 22, 2020, the debate will happen ten days before the election.

The announcement makes this the third national debate the university has been chosen to host, and the second Presidential debate.

The school hosted a Town Hall Presidential Debate in 2008 between Senator John McCain and then Senator Barack Obama, and was then chosen as an alternate Debate site for the 2016 campaigns, where the Vice Presidential candidates debated.

The University's Curb Events Center has also been host to international tennis championship Davids Cup, and a taping of the CMA Country Christmas special.

Fisher introduced Mayor John Cooper, who noted that Belmont is once again propelling Nashville to the world stage. Public viewership of the Presidential debates typically tops 40-60 million people. 

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