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About the Debate

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced today the University of Utah has been selected to host the vice presidential debate on Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall, Nancy Peery Marriott Auditorium. This is the first time a national debate will be hosted in Utah.

The Commission on Presidential Debates in a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and has sponsored all general election presidential and vice presidential debates since 1988.

“It is a tremendous honor to host a vice presidential debate and we are delighted to have this opportunity to showcase our university and our state,” said Ruth Watkins, president of the University of Utah. “I am excited for our students to be able to participate in this important component of the political process. It will be an incredible educational experience for them. Civic engagement is a core value of our democracy and students will be able to see firsthand how being involved in the political process matters.”

Utah is the only western state selected for one of three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate.

Read the full press release here

The University of Utah

Located in Salt Lake City, the University of Utah is the state’s flagship research public institution. The U enrolls 33,000 students from more than 102 countries and is recognized for pioneering new programs with social impact; generating path-breaking discoveries; fueling critical research; and inspiring innovative approaches to education.

Founded in 1850, the University of Utah offers 72 major subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level, including law and medicine, the university prepares students to live and compete in the global workplace. Known for its proximity to seven world-class ski resorts within 40 minutes of campus, the U encourages an active, holistic lifestyle, innovation and collaborative thinking to engage students, faculty and business leaders.

About the Utah Debate Commission

The UTDC was established in 2013 to educate voters and promote a civil exchange of ideas among the leading candidates in Utah. The UTDC Board of Directors includes higher education and media representatives, as well as civic and community leaders. Co-chairs include Thomas Wright, vice-chair of the Western Region of the Republican National Committee and former chairman of the Utah Republican Party, and Karen Hale, former state senator and former vice-chair of the Utah Democratic Party.

Learn more about the Utah Debate Commission here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • Why the university of utah?

    The U strives to be a model public university in delivering unmatched value in higher education and health care, while making social, economic and cultural contributions that improve the quality of life throughout the state, nation and the world. It has vast experience assisting with organization, fundraising, management, security and execution of major events, including the 2002 Winter Olympics. Both the opening and closing ceremonies were hosted on campus, as well as the housing accommodations necessary for the entire Olympic Village. This was during a time of heightened security needs following the 9/11 attacks just months before.

  • Where will the debate be held?

    Kingsbury Hall on President's Circle is the chosen location.

  • how do I get a ticket to the debate?

    Information about ticketing will be announced at a later date.