University of Michigan to host presidential debate in 2020

Posted at 12:44 PM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 15:38:45-04

(WXYZ) — The University of Michigan will host a presidential debate on Oct. 15, 2020.

The debate will be the second in a series of three presidential debates next year before the November election.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for the university community to contribute to our democracy, while setting an example of civic engagement and shining a light on the outstanding academic strengths of our institution," said U-M President Mark Schlissel. "Public service and civic engagement are at the core of our great university and its history."

It will take place in the university's Crisler Center.

"For generations, the University of Michigan has led the way in advancing understanding of our nation's most pressing issues—and next year our students, faculty and staff will have a novel opportunity to enhance this essential quality of our mission at the national level," Schlissel said.

"The University of Michigan is driven by a fundamental belief in the need for open dialogue in the democratic process so its students, the citizens of the State of Michigan, and the citizens across the world engage with and participate in the electoral process," said Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. "As one of our nation’s premier public institutions, the University of Michigan is uniquely situated to host a debate experience of the highest caliber at this critical moment in our nation’s history."