Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University will host the first presidential debate on September 29, 2020, in Health Education Campus' Samson Pavilion.
The debate was initially set to happen at the University of Notre Dame, however, the school announced Monday it had withdrawn as the host site.
CLEVELAND – The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced today that the Health Education Campus (HEC) of Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic will host the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, in its Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion.
“We are honored to host this presidential debate at our shared Health Education Campus,” Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., and Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder said in a joint statement. “This pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of health care and scientific discovery in unprecedented ways. To have the presidential candidates discuss these issues in our innovative learning space represents a tremendous opportunity for both institutions – and our entire region.”
The Health Education Campus, a joint project between the two institutions, opened in 2019 and features the 477,000-square-foot Samson Pavilion. Students from the university’s schools of medicine, nursing and dental medicine – including those in Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine – learn, study and collaborate together on the 11-acre campus.
The need for a new Sept. 29 location arose after original host the University of Notre Dame withdrew because of the complexities COVID-19 created for its fall semester. Case Western Reserve also is deep in COVID-19 preparations, but the partnership with Cleveland Clinic – and the HEC’s distance from the university’s main campus – makes co-hosting more feasible.
In addition, the Commission retained Cleveland Clinic earlier this year to serve as its Health Security Advisor for all of the fall’s debates...
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