CLEVELAND — Four years after hosting the Republican National Convention, Cleveland nabs the political spotlight again.
Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic will host the first presidential debate.
“We are honored to host this presidential debate at our shared Health Education Campus,” Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., and Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder said in a joint statement. “This pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of health care and scientific discovery in unprecedented ways. To have the presidential candidates discuss these issues in our innovative learning space represents a tremendous opportunity for both institutions – and our entire region.”
Democratic nominee Joe Biden and Republican incumbent Donald Trump will face off at the Health Education Campus on Sept. 29.
Initially, the first debate was scheduled to be held at the University of Notre Dame, but the university withdrew due to COVID-19 complications for its fall semester.
This is the second campaign debate held at Case Western; the school hosted the vice-presidential debate in 2004 between Dick Cheney and John Edwards.