Belmont Selected As New Alternate For 2016 Debates

Posted at 10:28 AM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 22:08:00-04

Belmont University has been selected as a new alternate site to host a Presidential or Vice Presidential debate this fall.

The Commission on Presidential Debates said Wednesday that Belmont was chosen after Wright State University, in Dayton, Ohio, withdrew from its hosting duties.

“We are grateful that Belmont has agreed to serve as an alternate site this debate cycle, and our team would look forward to working with them if the need arose," the commission said in part.

Belmont previously hosted a Town Hall Presidential Debate back in 2008.

The previous first-alternate, Hofstra University, has now been tapped to host the first debate on September 26.

Washington University and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas will host the other two debates on October 9 and 19.

According to a release, Belmont was one of 16 sites nationwide that was considered for a major debate during this year’s election cycle.