June 23 (UPI) – A debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden will take place in Miami just three weeks before the elections, officials said on Tuesday.
The second of three scheduled debates is scheduled for October 15 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami-Dade County, the Presidential Debates Commission. said.
Plans for the second debate, which was originally scheduled to take place at the University of Michigan, changed after the organizers in Ann Arbor, Michigan, withdrew from event due to concerns about organizing the debate amid the coronavirus pandemic and how it might affect the fall semester.
“We think it is not possible for us to host the presidential debate as planned,” wrote University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel in a letter to the commission.
The first debate is scheduled for September 29 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., And the last event will take place on October 22 at Belmont University in Tennessee.
The vice-presidential debate is scheduled for October 7 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Biden has not yet named his running mate.
The Adrienne Arsht center in Miami already hosted the first Democratic presidential primary a year ago. The last presidential debate in the Miami area took place in 2004, when President George W. Bush and Massachusetts Senator John Kerry clashed at the University of Miami at Coral Gables.