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 TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhat Senate Republicans have said about election-year Supreme Court vacancies Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Trump carries on with rally, unaware of Ginsburg's death 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 KaineBiden promises Democratic senators help in battleground states Second GOP senator to quarantine after exposure to coronavirus The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep 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 ClintonBarr says Ginsburg 'leaves a towering legacy' Trump reacts to Ginsburg's death: 'An amazing woman who led an amazing life' Jimmy Carter remembers Ruth Bader Ginsburg as 'a beacon of justice' MORE and businessman Ross Perot, along with the vice presidential debate between then-Sen. Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreFox's Napolitano: 2000 election will look like 'child's play' compared to 2020 legal battles Who calls an election? Why we need patience and nonpartisanship this time Universal mail-in voting jeopardizes the equal right to vote, but absentee voting protects it 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.