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Belmont to host its second presidential debate

Belmont will garner national attention Oct. 22, 2020 when it hosts its second presidential debate.

The leading presidential candidates from both parties will be on Belmont’s campus to debate hot-topic issues such as immigration, the economy and gun control, it was announced Friday.

This isn’t the university’s first time at the center of the national political sphere. In 2008, former President Barack Obama and the late Sen. John McCain took the Curb Event Center stage to discuss issues such as immigration, Iraq and healthcare.

Scores of journalists, hundreds of attendees and millions of viewers will be watching the nationally televised debate, with Belmont’s name center stage.

The event has the potential to be worth millions of dollars in advertising and public relations.

Belmont was the official alternate site for the 2016 presidential debate, and hosted gubernatorial forums in 2018 and 2010 and hosted a mayoral debates this summer.

Belmont announced plans to apply for the debate Oct. 2018 and was selected from a group of six finalists being considered by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

When Belmont hosted the debate in 2008, it was the first time a presidential debate had been hosted in Tennessee, presenting a historical moment for the state and the university.

This article written by Justin Wagner and Ryder Guido.

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