November 30, 2023

Dates and venues for three 2024 presidential debates announced

The dates and venues for the three 2024 presidential debates have been announced.

The debates, which will take place in September and October might be staged at US college campuses within the states of Texas, Virginia and Utah.

The information was announced by the nonpartisan, nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) on Monday.

The first debate will happen on 16 September at Texas State University in San Marcos. It might be adopted by the second at Virginia State University in Petersburg on 1 October.

The remaining debate will happen simply over every week later at The University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, on 9 October.

A vice presidential debate has additionally been scheduled to happen on 25 September at Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Further particulars in regards to the debates, together with format and moderators, might be launched in 2024, the CPD stated.

In a press release, CPD Co-Chairs Frank Fahrenkopf and Antonia Hernandez stated the chosen websites would assist deliver “another set of historic conversations to audiences here and abroad”.

“The United States’ normal election debates, watched dwell worldwide, are a mannequin for many different nations: the chance to listen to and see main candidates deal with severe points in a good and impartial setting,” the assertion learn.

“This tradition remains unbroken since 1976. In 2024, students at our four debate sites will help bring another set of historic conversations to audiences here and abroad. And their campuses will anchor four unique chances to listen and learn.

“We are deeply grateful to the University of Utah for hosting its second general election debate, to Lafayette College and Texas State University for the first CPD debates in Pennsylvania and Texas, and to Virginia State University for the first debate ever held at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).”

It comes as the races for each party’s chosen candidate continues.

Recent polls have shown that Donald Trump is still a clear leader for the Republican candidate, while president Joe Biden continues to slip down in national popularity polls.

A national poll released by NBC on Sunday shows Mr Trump leading the rest of the Republican field by 40 points and beating Biden by two points, while Mr Biden’s approval rating has dropped to 40 per cent.

If Mr Trump does claim the Republican nomination, as expected, there is no guarantee he will attend the three presidential debates.

He has so far refused to take part in any of the Republican debates, arguing that there is no point as he is so far ahead in the polls, and holding spoiler events instead.

In 2020 the first debate between Mr Trump and Mr Biden was widely interpreted as having gone badly for the then-president, who kept shouting over his opponent’s answers and was repeatedly upbraided by moderator Chris Wallace for ignoring the rules. Mr Trump was challenged to condemn far-right groups like the Proud Boys but instead said: “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.”

The second debate was cancelled after Mr Trump caught Covid. The third debate was much less contentious than the primary because the candidates’ microphones have been muted by the manufacturing firm throughout one another’s inital two-minute solutions to attempt to restrict the interruptions that had characterised the primary debate.