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Belmont University will host 2020 presidential debate

Posted: 10:28 AM, Oct 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-11 20:08:52-04
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Belmont University will host one of the presidential debates ahead of the 2020 election.

The university made a formal announcement about the debate on Friday morning. Belmont will host the third and final debate on October 22, 2020 in the Curb Event Center.

The announcement was attended by University President Bob Fisher, Mayor John Cooper, Tennessee Commissioner of Tourism Mark Ezell, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Rep. John Cooper, and Student Body President Meghan Hickok.

The debate will take place less than two weeks before election day.

"I think that is nothing short of remarkable that the final debate, the one that will take place once early voting has started in TN, and everyone is in the process of making those final decisions, then all of that attention, all of that attention, not just in Tennessee, but around the country and around the world, will be directed right here," said Sen. Blackburn.

In April, Belmont announced it was one of six sites competing to host a presidential debate.

Belmont previously hosted the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate between candidates Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama. It also served as an alternate host site in 2016.

The 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate was the first held in Tennessee. This upcoming debate will be the second for the state.