Notre Dame opts not to host debate

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY ZEKE MILLER

WASH­ING­TON — The Univer­sity of Notre Dame has be­come the sec­ond univer­sity to with­draw as the host of one of this fall’s three sched­uled pres­i­den­tial de­bates amid the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

The univer­sity was set to host the in­au­gu­ral face­off be­tween Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and former Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den on Sept. 29. The first debate will now be hosted by Case Western Re­serve Univer­sity and Cleve­land Clinic in Cleve­land, the non­par­ti­san Com­mis­sion on Pres­i­den­tial De­bates an­nounced Mon­day.

In a re­lease, Notre Dame Pres­i­dent the Rev. John Jenk­ins said the univer­sity made “this dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion be­cause the nec­es­sary health pre­cau­tions would have greatly di­min­ished the ed­u­ca­tional value of host­ing the debate on our cam­pus.”

The Univer­sity of Michi­gan was sched­uled to host the sec­ond pres­i­den­tial debate but with­drew last month. That debate will now be held at the Adri­enne Ar­sht Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts in Mi­ami.

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