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Dates And Venues Set For 2024 Presidential, Vice Presidential Debates



The Commission on Presidential Debates this week announced the dates and venues for three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate for the 2024 general election.
The United States general election debates, watched live worldwide, are a model for many other countries: the opportunity to hear and see leading candidates address serious issues in a fair and neutral setting, Frank Fahrenkopf and Antonia Hernández, co-chairs of the nonpartisan, nonprofit commission, said in a statement.
This tradition remains unbroken since 1976. In 2024, students at our four debate sites will help bring another set of historic conversations to audiences here and abroad. And their campuses will anchor four unique chances to listen and learn, they said.
The first presidential debate will be held on Sept. 16, 2024, at Texas State University in San Marcos. The second debate is scheduled for Oct. 1 at Virginia State University in Petersburg, followed by the third debate on Oct. 9 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
The vice presidential debate will be held at Lafayette College in Easton, Penn., on Sept. 25.
Debate formats and moderators will be announced next year, the commission said. All of the debates will start at 9 p.m. ET and will last 90 minutes.
We are deeply grateful to the University of Utah for hosting its second general election debate, to Lafayette College and Texas State University for the first CPD debates in Pennsylvania and Texas, and to Virginia State University for the first debate ever held at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), Fahrenkopf and Hernández said.
In order to qualify for the debates, candidates must be eligible to appear on enough state ballots to have a mathematical chance of winning the Electoral College, and reach at least 15% in national polling approved by the commission.
The CPD, which has sponsored and produced all general election presidential and vice presidential debates since its establishment in 1987, does not receive any funding from the government or political campaigns.
TMX contributed to this article.