Then Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and Republican candidate Sen. John McCain prior to their second presidential debate at Belmont Universitys Curb Event Center on Oct. 7, 2008.
With last Sunday serving as the 10-year anniversary of the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate, Belmont University has confirmed its intent to pursue hosting another debate in 2020. The university will officially submit its proposal to the Commission on Presidential Debates in the first quarter of 2019.
Belmont previously hosted the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate between then-candidates Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama, and the university served as the official alternate host site in 2016. The Mayors Office and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation (CVC), both strong partners for the 2008 debate and subsequent bids, will once again step forward to support Belmonts efforts to bring a presidential debate to middle Tennessee.
Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said: Belmont University, the city of Nashville and the state of Tennessee all received tremendous civic, educational and economic benefits from the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate. Hosting events where students and citizens can engage in important conversations that are imperative to our community and our nation is a perfect reflection of ...