Belmont among 6 sites competing for 2020 Presidential Debate

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Belmont University is one of six sites currently in the running to host a 2020 Presidential Debate, according to university officials. 

“Any time you enter the race to host a presidential debate, you know you’re facing tough competition as sites must be committed to pull off an event of this magnitude,” Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said.“However, I am confident in Belmont University’s ability—with the support of the Nashville community—to execute an extraordinary event for the Commission on Presidential Debates, the candidates and all of the accompanying media and visitors.”

Of the six cities under consideration, Belmont/Nashville and Hartford, Conn. are the only two places to host a presidential debate in the past. Nashville is also the only place in the South to apply. 

“Belmont has earned a reputation for a consummate service mentality, friendly atmosphere and commitment to excellence,” Fisher said. “Most importantly, this University has earned the trust of citizens and candidates alike to put on well-organized debates that give individuals from any party, and of any ilk, equal right to be heard.”

Belmont previously hosted a presidential debate between Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama in 2008. 

Sites chosen for the large, national events must be large enough to have dedicated space for the candidates, their staff, and national media covering the event.

The city must also have developed IT infrastructure and access to more than 3,000 hotel rooms. 

Belmont’s application for a 2020 debate included letters of support from key state and local officials, including Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Lamar Alexander, Rep. Jim Cooper, Gov. Bill Lee, and Mayor David Briley.

This is a developing story. Stay with News2 for updates on air and online. 

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