Why were Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic selected to host?

The need for a new September 29 debate location arose after original host University of Notre Dame withdrew because of the complexities COVID-19 created for its fall semester. Case Western Reserve also is deep in COVID-19 preparations, but the partnership with Cleveland Clinic—and the Health Education Campus’ distance from the university’s main campus—made co-hosting more feasible.

In addition, the Commission on Presidential Debates retained Cleveland Clinic earlier this year to serve as its Health Security Advisor for all of the fall’s debates.

How can I get a ticket?

Tickets were extremely limited. We understand that there is a great deal of excitement about this historic and high-profile event, but due to health and safety protocols, tickets were extremely limited.

What will you do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at this event?

A broad range of risk-mitigation strategies, including limiting audience size, adding distance between seats, incorporating personal health screening and safety measures, and implementing disinfectant measures, will help protect everyone within the space. Specific debate plans may change based on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. Debate precautions will be aligned with county, state and CDC guidelines for health, safety and physical distancing.

Who organizes the debate?

The event is sponsored and produced by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has sponsored all general election presidential and vice presidential debates since 1988.