2016’s presidential debate schedule announced four years ago this week
It’s fun to look through previous editions of our Daily Presidential News Briefing to compare where we are in the current presidential campaign versus four years ago. It offers a unique perspective and I often learn something new.
Four years ago, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that the first three presidential debates ahead of the 2016 general election would be held in Ohio, Missouri, and Nevada. And three years ago—on Sept. 26, 2016—the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took place.
Wright State University—in Dayton, Ohio—was scheduled to host the first debate. The university asked to be removed from its hosting commitments in July 2016, however, due to higher-than-expected security costs. The debate was moved to Hofstra University—in Hempstead, New York—which had been designated as an alternate site.
The second and third debates in 2016 were held at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as originally scheduled.
The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is a nonprofit organization that sponsors, organizes, and establishes guidelines for general election presidential and vice presidential debates. The CPD was founded in 1987 and has sponsored every presidential and vice presidential general election debate since 1988. The CPD’s funding comes primarily from the communities that host the debates and corporate, foundation, and private donors. It does not receive funding from the government or any political party.
Although the CPD has not yet named the venues or dates for the 2020 presidential election, it announced the six institutions that submitted applications as potential hosts in April:
- Belmont University, Nashville, TN
- City of Hartford, Hartford, CT
- Creighton University, Omaha, NE
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
- University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
- Utah Debate Commission and the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Our page on the CPD also lists the date, location, moderators, and participants of all previous presidential and vice presidential debates since 1988. There are also links to recordings of the full debates from the 2016 cycle. And to stay up-to-date on all the news from this year’s presidential campaigns, you’ll definitely want to subscribe to our free Daily Presidential News Briefing.