Lafayette College chosen to host 2024 U.S. vice presidential debate
EASTON, Pa. — Lafayette College has been chosen as the venue for the 2024 vice presidential debate, college officials announced Monday.
The debate will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Kirby Sports Center, they said in a written release.
Additional details, including the format and moderators, will be announced in 2024 by the Commission on Presidential Debates, the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has sponsored all general election presidential and vice presidential debates since 1988.
This marks the first time Lafayette has been entrusted with this particular event.
“It is a tremendous honor to host a vice presidential debate," said Lafayette College President Nicole Hurd.
"We are delighted to open our campus for this important part of our nation’s democratic process and help bring this debate to the American electorate.”Lafayette College President Nicole Hurd
"We are delighted to open our campus for this important part of our nation’s democratic process and help bring this debate to the American electorate,” she said.
Lafayette has hosted several presidents and vice presidents over the years beginning in 1877 when Benjamin Harrison attended his son's commencement.
Others who have come to campus (not all during their presidency) include Rutherford B. Hayes, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Joe Biden.
The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday that presidential candidates will be scheduled to meet Sept. 16 at Texas State University in San Marcos; at Virginia State University in Petersburg on Oct. 1; and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Oct. 9.
The announcement comes despite the Republican National Committee considering rules changes that would force presidential candidates seeking the party’s nomination to sign a pledge saying they won’t participate in any debates sponsored by the CPD, according to the Associated Press.