2020 general election debates announced

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Friday that the first 2020 general election debate will be held in September and will be hosted by the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. 

The debate, which will be held on Sept. 29, 2020, will be one of three general election presidential debates. 


The commission also said the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will host the second general election debate on Oct. 15, 2020. 

The final presidential debate will be held at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 29, 2020. 

The group also revealed that the University of Utah is slated to host the vice presidential debate on Oct. 7, 2020. 

The debate will follow 12 Democratic primary debates, which will wrap up in April. The fourth Democratic primary debate will take place on Tuesday in Westerville, Oh. 

The general election debates between President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign MORE and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump on Clinton's Sanders comments: 'She's the one that people don't like' Hillary Clinton tears open wound with her attack on Sanders MORE set record ratings in 2016. 

The three debates between Trump and Clinton, as well as the vice presidential debate between Vice President Pence and Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineIran resolution supporters fear impeachment will put it on back burner House war powers sponsor expects to take up Senate version of resolution Sens. Kaine, Lee: 'We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress authorizes it' MORE (D-Va.), brought in a total of 259 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The previous record was held by the 1992 debate lineup, which featured the three-way debate between then-President George H.W. Bush, then-Arkansas Gov. Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTrump lawyer argues Democrats have 'absolutely no case' in first impeachment trial remarks McConnell drops two-day limit on opening arguments Chelsea Clinton unveils next 'She Persisted' book MORE and businessman Ross Perot, along with the vice presidential debate between then-Sen. Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreClimate 'religion' is fueling Australia's wildfires NH Democratic Party chairman rips Bloomberg op-ed as 'desperate for some press attention' It's time to provide needed reform to the organ donation system MORE (D-Tenn.), then-Vice President Dan Quayle and retired Vice Adm. James Stockdale. 

The 1992 debates brought in a total of 250 million viewers.